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Clooney to make film about British phone hacking scandal

Published on Sep 4, 2014 5:24 AM
 
George Clooney is to direct a film about the British phone hacking scandal. Hack Attack will be based on the book of the same name by Guardian journalist Nick Davies about the hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's news empire, which triggered the demise of its weekly News of the World. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - George Clooney is to direct a film about the British phone hacking scandal, the studio behind the project announced Wednesday.

"Hack Attack" will be based on the book of the same name by Guardian journalist Nick Davies about the hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's news empire, which triggered the demise of its weekly News of the World.

"This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," Clooney said, in a statement released by Sony Pictures. "And the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honour to put his book to film."

Michael De Luca of Columbia Pictures added: "As the son of a journalist, George has a sharp interest in the role journalism plays in all of our lives.

 
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