Clooney Flick Takes on UK Phone Hacking

Actor will direct adaptation of Nick Davies' 'Hack Attack'

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 4, 2014 11:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – George Clooney will put his stamp on the British phone-hacking scandal, directing an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack for Sony. The book is the result of six years of investigation into Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and News of the World, and the flick "has all the elements—lying, corruption, blackmail—at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," Clooney says, per the Hollywood Reporter. "And the fact that it's true is the best part." A president at Columbia Pictures notes that "as the son of a journalist, George has a sharp interest in the role journalism plays in all of our lives." Filming is set to begin in 2015.

In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, actor George Clooney attends the premiere of Gravity at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York.
In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, actor George Clooney attends the premiere of "Gravity" at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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