George Clooney to direct movie based on News International phone hacking scandal
George Clooney is to direct a new movie, which is based on the News International phone hacking scandal.
The film will be inspired by journalist Nick Davies's book Hack Attack, which chronicles his investigation into allegations of phone hacking and how his search eventually led to the revelation that hundreds of celebrities and high-profile officials had seen their phones hacked into. The scandal resulted in the closure of the News Of The World.
Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov will develop the film, which they intend to shoot next year, according to Variety.
Speaking about the film, Clooney said: “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.”
Clooney was most recently behind the camera on 2014 war film The Monuments Men and is currently filming science fiction adventure epic Tomorrowland alongside Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson. He is also strongly linked with a role in the Coen Brothers' new film Hail Caesar!