Spielberg to Oversee Movie Based on WikiLeaks Book

DreamWorks studio buys rights to WikiLeaks film based on Guardian book

Published: March 2nd 2011
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DreamWorks, the movie studio formed by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, has secured the screen rights to WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, the book written by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.


The Guardian Book details the creation of WikiLeaks in 2006 and the inside story of Assange’s partnership with the Guardian newspaper, which was provided the rights to release over 250,000 secret diplomatic cables. The partnership famously turned sour after the Guardian wrote a series of negative articles about Assange and WikiLeaks.


"It's Woodward and Bernstein meets Stieg Larsson meets Jason Bourne. Plus the odd moment of sheer farce and, in Julian Assange, a compelling character who goes beyond what any Hollywood scriptwriter would dare to invent." said Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media when describing the proposed film.


Hollywood insiders are speculating that Spielberg is planning a heavily fictionalized thriller, much like the incredibly successful The Social Network.


"A good template for what they are thinking is The Social Network, where Aaron Sorkin not only used the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires as a resource, but gathered actual testimony from the lawsuits filed against Mark Zuckerberg that detailed the formation of Facebook and provided high drama," speculates Mike Fleming of Deadline Hollywood. "That allowed the film to be made without a rights deal from Zuckerberg."


DreamWorks’ picture is just one in a long line of WikiLeaks based movies currently in development. However, having Spielberg and DreamWorks attached to the movie automatically makes it the most prominent of all in development.


While David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin made Zuckerberg seem like a revolting human being, hopefully Spielberg decides to base Assange's character on Forest Gump, and make him seem like the nicest possible person on earth, thereby squashing all claims of 'Jewish' conspiracies against Assange and WikiLeaks.

Related articles: (Spielberg, DreamWorks, WikiLeaks, The Guardian)

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