Spielberg Could Direct Wikileaks movie

Spielberg Could Direct Wikileaks movie

Given the subject material, Speilberg wouldn’t be the first name on my director’s list for a Wikileaks film, but according to several news reports – it’s a good chance of happening now that Dreamworks (co-owned by the beard) has purchased the rights to two competing Wikileaks books that tells the inside story of Aussie Julian Assange’s role at the head of the whistle-blowing organisation and how the Wikileaks material was released to news organisations and online.

The Guardian is reporting that film rights were purchased for WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, written by David Leigh and Luke Harding and Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, by Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

The Wikileaks story is likely to appeal to Hollywood for all the obvious reasons, given Wikileak’s dramatic assortment of characters led by Assange, with no shortage of double-crosses, secret agents and international politics set on a global scale.

Reports also add that Speilberg will personally oversee the development of the film with an option to direct. Speilberg’s Munich, one of the director’s darkest forays into a world of murky international politics, also dealt with secret agents and shadowy agendas of the 1970s – and it’s this film and not the sentimental whimsy of Hook or The Terminal which gives me the most hope that Speilberg could cut the mustard with a hard boiled Wikileaks pic.

Spielberg Could Direct Wikileaks movie

Speilberg’s Aussie connection might not stop with Julian Assange, given Australian Eric Bana starred as the lead in his 1970s terrorist pic, Munich.

[via The Guardian and Slate]