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WikiLeaks: The Movie? Julian Assange book optioned

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, January 23, 2011

WikiLeaks: The Movie. Alright, maybe not quite that dramatic, but there is a plan hatching to develop a feature film about The Most Dangerous Man in the World, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

In a world where a movie about the creation of Facebook has won some of the best reviews of 2010, a movie about Assange and his online creation suddenly starts to look attractive.

The genesis of the Assange biopic begins with Andrew Fowler's upcoming biography of the WikiLeaks founder, The Most Dangerous Man in the World. Fowler interviewed Assange several times last year and started putting together his non-fiction book after his subject's infamy with world governments rocketed high with the release of several thousand secret diplomatic cables. Assange has been the subject of a police investigation in Sweden concerning possible sexual crimes. He was released on bail and is awaiting the start of an extradition hearing scheduled for next month. Political leaders from America and around the world have called Julian Assange a terrorist and a threat to democracy, while several leading publications and pundits have also hailed Assange and his website for trying to restore democracy in a secretive, disingenuous world of global politics.

While writing his book Fowler met with producer Michelle Krumm (executive producer of the Emilio Esteves film Bobby) . "As soon as I met Andrew and read a few chapters of his profound book, I knew that -- with his incredibly extensive depth of knowledge -- it would enable us to bring a thought-provoking thriller to the screen," Krumm said to Variety. She teamed with Barry Josephson, the Hollywood producer behins such hits as Enchanted and Fox Television's Bones, and they together optioned the screen rights to the publication.

"Like All the President's Men in its day, The Most Dangerous Man in the World is this generation's suspenseful drama with global impact," said Josephson.

Fowler's book will be published later this year.

-Variety.

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