Rowan Joffe, who wrote the screenplays for both The American (which starred George Clooney) and 2007's strong horror sequel 28 Weeks Later, has signed on to pen a new WikiLeaks movie to be co-produced by HBO and the BBC.
According to Variety, the film, which will be directed by Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), will reportedly focus on the creation myth of the website itself, rather than on its creator Julian Assange. After releasing thousands of sensitive government and bank documents, pissing off most of the known world, and disseminating said information via the Internet, Assange was at the center of a maelstrom of controversy and news coverage last year.
This won't be the only time we'll see the Internet hacktivist in cinematic form. DreamWorks recently got into the WikiLeaks game and is planning a dramatic thriller based on the books Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World's Most Dangerous Website and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy. And also, for a third option, documentarian Alex Gibney (Casino Jack and the United States of Money) will also direct a WikiLeaks documentary.