George Clooney to take on the U.K. phone hacking scandal

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George Clooney is going back to some familiar territory for his next directorial effort. The Oscar-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck director has set his sights on Hack Attack, based on journalist Nick Davies’ account of the phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, which led to the demise of News of the World.

“This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,” said Clooney in a statement. “And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”

Columbia Pictures’ president of production Michael De Luca 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 and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures banner (Argo) will produce Hack Attack for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Shooting is scheduled to begin sometime next year, but no cast was specified in the announcement.

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