It seems that you can’t turn on a news program this week without coming across some discussion about the most recent incident of private photos being stolen from their phones, so it is a rather surreptitious timing that Sony Pictures is announcing that George Clooney will be directing a film about a different phone hacking story.
The story that Clooney will be telling is also ripped from the news headlines, though from a few years back. It is the phone hacking scandal that closed down the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Of The World tabloid after it was revealed that the paper had been hacking into the cell phones of elected officials and celebrities. A further incident in which reporters for the paper hacked into the phone of a missing teenaged girl hampered the police investigation into her disappearance.
The film, which will be titled Hack Attack, will be an adaptation of journalist Nick Davies’ book that was the end result of six years of investigation.
Clooney, whose father Nick Clooney was a one-time journalist, explained his interest in the project to Variety –
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 honor to put his book to film.
Clooney is no stranger to real-life tales about the media. His 2005 film Good Night, And Good Luck dealt with newscaster Edward R. Murrow’s crusade against the fear-mongering Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin.
Shooting is scheduled to start next year.