George Clooney to Direct Drama About British Phone Hacking Scandal
Right now George Clooney has his hands in a lot of projects at the moment. He's slated to star in Hail Caesar for Joel & Ethan Coen, is producing Our Brand is Crisis starring his Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock, and is also developing a Norwegian thriller called Pioneer. Now Variety has word that he's figured out his next directing gig with Hack Attack at Sony Pictures. The drama will focus on the recent phone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom involving Rupert Murdoch's news empire and their habit of hacking into the voicemails of elected officials, celebrities, average British citizens and even terror attack victims. Read on!
The story will focus on journalist Nick Davies as he uncovered the scandal at News Corporation and News International which eventually resulted in the crumbling of News of the World, a publication that had run for 168 years, and also a government inquiry that would expose even more shady business practices. Sony's Michael DeLuca says, "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.”
Production is slated to begin sometime next year with Clooney also producing along with his Smokehouse production banner partner Grant Heslov. If this is anywhere near as good as Clooney's spectacular and eerily timely Good Night and Good Luck, then we're in for a treat. It would be nice to have Clooney deliver a fantastic film again, especially considering how disappointing The Monuments Men turned out to be. It's certainly a compelling story as Clooney says, "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." Good?