September 26, 2016  

Steven Spielberg May Make Film About WikiLeaks Founder

March 3, 2011 (9:22 am) GMT
The filmmaker, via DreamWorks, reportedly has acquired rights to a new book detailing the life of Julian Assange.

Steven Spielberg is reportedly working on a movie about the WikiLeaks scandal after buying the rights to a book detailing the inside workings of the whistle-blowing website and its director Julian Assange. The movie mogul's DreamWorks company has paid for the rights to new book "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy", according to Britain's The Guardian. The tome was published by Guardian Books in February.

The book details the life of Assange, the creation of the site in 2006 and the leaks of classified documents. Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, says, "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."

Spielberg has not yet commented on the project.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Do Have a Pre-Nup. So, Who's the Big Winner?
  2. 'Thor: Ragnarok': 'Jurassic Park' Star Sam Neill Reveals His Secret Role
  3. Lindsay Lohan's Ex Egor Denies He's Broke and Let Her Pay for Everything While Still Dating
  4. 'Last Man on Earth' Premiere Features Surprise Cameo, Stages Mini 'Mad Men' Reunion
  5. Blac Chyna's Mom Scolds Rob Kardashian, Fears He Will 'Ruin' Their Relationship
  6. Drake Depicts Violence, Gets Steamy With a Girl in New 'Please Forgive Me' Short Film
  7. Kendall and Kylie Jenner Get Matching Ferraris. But Why Is One Sister Left Embarrassed?
  8. Angelina Jolie Reportedly Turns to Johnny Depp Amid Brad Pitt Divorce