DreamWorks Pictures has entered the fray of the WikiLeaks race by acquiring two books about the controversial website and its founder Julian Assange reports Deadline.
The former studio turned production label has acquired Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” along with David Leigh and Luke Harding’s “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy”.
Domscheit-Berg is Assange’s former ‘Number Two’ at the organisation who defected because he wanted to apply journalistic discretion in the dispersal of secret government documents, whereas Assange wants to publish everything. DreamWorks is reportedly circling this project.
Leigh and Harding are reporters for the U.K. newspaper The Guardian, who helped Julian Assange with his early revelations.
DreamWorks are planning on a WikiLeaks film that explores several angles of the story so will probably combine elements of both. No scribe has yet been hired.
Numerous other films about the site and Assange are in the works including scribe Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”) and producer Megan Ellison’s adaptation of a New York Times article, Assange’s own autobiography which Paul Greengrass has been linked to, and Josephson Entertainment’s adaptation of Andrew Fowler’s forthcoming investigative biography.