Friday, 19 September 2014

George Clooney uncovers Hack Attack

Despite the films title, George Clooney (The Monuments Men) won't be tackling the recent celebrity selfie stealing scandal for his next film as director. But he will be channelling relatively recent events for his next job, planning to make Hack Attack for Sony Pictures based on the News Corporation phone hacking issue.

Clooney is using Nick Davies' reporting on the case, which involved journalists hacking into the voicemails of celebrities, politicians, officials and the public to score stories and dig up juicy details. The resulting backlash led to the end of New Of The World and a government inquiry.

"This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," Clooney says in a statement picked up by Variety. "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."

There are no other details yet, but we do know that Clooney and regular producing partner Grant Heslov will craft the film via their Smokehouse production company and aim to kick off shooting next year. This one appears to have leapfrogged over other potential Clooney films, though nothing else has moved far through development.

Acting wise, Clooney will next be seen in Brad Bird's (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) Tomorrowland and is set to work once more with the Coen brothers on '50s Hollywood tale Hail, Caesar!.

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