George Clooney to Direct Hack Attack for Sony
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.03.2014
Based on the News Corp hacking scandal…
Sony Pictures has announced that George Clooney is set to direct his next feature, an adaptation of the Nick Davies' book Hack Attack. The book is Davies' account of the infamous British phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch's news empire, News Corporation.
George Clooney will also produce the film with Grand Heslov under their Smokehouse production banner for Sony Pictures.
Speaking on the announcement, President of Production for Columbia Pictures, Michael De Luca, stated: "As the son of a journalist, George has a sharp interest in the role journalism plays in all of our lives – whether that's for good, as in Good Night, and Good Luck., or for bad. With Hack Attack, George will explore the dark side of that world, a business where all of the rules of journalism are broken in the race for an easy and ever-larger payday."
Clooney added: "This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. And the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film."
In his book, Davies investigates News Corporation and News International's hacking into the voice messages of politicians, celebrities and British citizens.
De Luca is overseeing the project for Sony Pictures. Production is slated to begin in 2015.