Four rival features about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ain’t enough for you? How about nine instead.
Deadline reports that several additional films about Assange are on the way to join the four previously announced ones. I’ll start with the news ones and add the old ones.
1. Scribe Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”) and producer Megan Ellison have optioned “The Boy Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”, a New York Times article by Bill Keller. Boal may write the film but is already busy for much of the rest of this year with his commitments to “Triple Frontier” and an untitled Middle East-set black ops thriller, both of which he is collaborating with “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow on.
2. This is to be based on the upcoming book Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s “Inside Wikileaks”. 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.
3. The last of the new batch is the most obvious – the $1.5 million autobiography by Assange himself. “The Bourne Ultimatum” director Paul Greengrass is rumored to be attached, but far from confirmed.
4. Onto the pre-existing projects, there’s the Alex Gibney-directed documentary on Assange and WikiLeaks which Universal Pictures will finance and distribute, while the former chairman of the studio will produce.
5. HBO and the BBC are in talks to collaborate on a film based partly on Raffi Khatchadourian’s New Yorker article “No Secrets: Julian Assange’s Mission for Total Transparency”.
6. Late last month Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions picked up the film rights to Andrew Fowler’s forthcoming investigative biography of Mr. Assange called “The Most Dangerous Man in the World”.
7. The documentary “WikiLeaks: War, Lies and Videotape” has been picked up for distribution by Zodiak and is directed by investigative reporters Luc Hermann and Paul Moreira.
Too much? Well brace yourself as there’s another two books out there whose film rights look to be on the market – Andy Greenberg’s “Megaleaks” along with David Leigh and Luke Harding’s “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy”