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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

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.

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