George Clooney to Direct “Hack Attack” Movie
Justin Kroll-Variety: George Clooney has come on to direct “Hack Attack” Pic Revolving Around British Phone Hacking Scandal
for Sony Pictures, delving into the hot-button topic of celebrity privacy scandals.
The pic will be an adaptation of journalist Nick Davies’ account of the British phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s news empire. The adaptation will be produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov through their Smokehouse banner for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
“This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,” Clooney said. “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.”
Over six years, Davies investigated News Corporation and its subsidiary, News International; his book shows how their habit of hacking into the voicemail messages of elected officials, celebrities, and even ordinary British citizens