George Clooney is set to direct an adaptation of the book Hack Attack by Nick Davies, the journalist who uncovered the 2011 phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of the 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. “And the fact that it’s true is the best part.”
This isn’t Clooney’s first foray into films about journalism. He starred in the 2005 movie Good Night and Good Luck, about the true story of news anchor Edward R Murrow’s public row with anti-communist US senator Joseph McCarthy.
Clooney won’t be acting in the Hack Attack adaptation and details of the cast have not yet been released but we’re excited to see who will play media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Clooney’s father Nick is a journalist and anchorman so Clooney has an interest in the industry, and as one of the world’s biggest stars he’s no stranger to the British press. The actor was recently involved in a row with the Daily Mail when the newspaper published what he called “a completely fabricated story” saying that his fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s mother was against their marriage for religious reasons.
The actor refused a written apology and said the piece “incited violence”. Rather than letting the Daily Mail off the hook, Clooney clearly enjoyed the battle, telling US magazine Variety, ‘”It’s just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock ’em around.”
The film will be made for Sony pictures and shooting will begin next year.
Here’s the trailer for Goodnight and Good Luck, the journalism drama Clooney directed, co-wrote and starred in in 2005
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