George Clooney to direct phone hacking scandal film Hack Attack
Story by Jack Foley
GEORGE Clooney is to direct a new film on the British phone-hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s news empire.
An adapation of the book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies, which was published in July, the film will follow the novel in examining and exposing the company’s habit of hacking into the voicemail messages of elected officials, celebrities and even ordinary British citizens.
Clooney commented: “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 honour to put his book to film.”
Davies spent six years investigating Murdoch’s News Corp. and its subsidiary, News International.
Michael De Luca, president of production for Columbia Pictures, which will oversee the project for Sony, added: “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.”
Clooney most recently directed The Monuments Men.