Murdoch Tale “Times” Gets Optioned

What’s It All About? Productions has acquired film and TV rights to Harold Evans’ bestseller “Good Times, Bad Times” reports Variety.

Evans was the editor-in-chief of the British newspaper The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, championing crusading investigative reporting which lead to such famous stories as civil settlements for the British Thalidomide children scandal and the exposure of Kim Philby as a Soviet spy.

When Rupert Murdoch bought Times Newspapers Limited in 1981, Evans was appointed editor of The Times and within a year resigned over what he considered to be unacceptable pressure from Murdoch regarding editorial independence.

U.K. media commentator Steve Hewlett, who has followed the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, will serve as a consultant on the production.

Despite no script being ready as yet (a writer is currently being scouted), shooting aims to begin before the end of the year. Evans is currently editor-at-large for the news service Reuters.