George Clooney has selected an adaptation of Nick Davies’ book “Hack Attack” as his next project to direct.
The film is an account of the British phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s news empire. Davies investigated News Corporation and its subsidiary, News International over the course of six years and his book explores their habit of hacking into voice mails of politicians, actors, and ordinary citizens.
The adaptation will be produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov through their Smokehouse banner for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Shooting is scheduled to start next year.
Commenting on the announcement, Michael De Luca, president of Production for Columbia Pictures, says: “As the son of a journalist, George has a sharp interest in the role journalism plays in all of our lives – whether that’s for good, as in Good Night, And Good Luck, or for bad. With Hack Attack, George will explore the dark side of that world, a business where all of the rules of journalism are broken in the race for an easy and ever-larger payday.”
George Clooney had this to say in his own statement. “This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. 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.”