George Clooney to direct celebrity phone hacking drama
George Clooney has signed on to direct Hack Attack, a drama about the British phone hacking scandal, for Sony Pictures.
The film will be based on Nick Davies’ account of the British phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s news empire.
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 and the victims of terror attacks was wide-ranging and ongoing. The resulting scandal would not only mark the end of News of the World after 168 years of continuous publication, but spur a government inquiry that would bring to light some of the most unthinkable of business practices.
A screenwriter has not yet been announced, but it’s likely that Clooney will take on writing the screenplay, as he has done for his previous directing efforts.
The film, a production of Clooney’s and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse, is set to film next year.