Wednesday, September 3, 2014


 Several journalists I know have learned with trepidation that George Clooney is to direct a film about the phone hacking scandal which led to the closure of the News of the World. They are worriedly wondering if they will be depicted in it and if so how their actions will be portrayed.

  Clooney, who will also produce but not act in the movie, has had his run ins with British journalists in the past and recently ranted about inaccuracies in a Daily Mail report of his engagement to Amal Alamuddin.

  The hacking, which centred on Rupert Murdoch's News International, led to the jailing of several journalists, including News of the World editor Andy Coulson.  

 The movie, scheduled to shoot next year, is based on the book “Hack Attack” by Guardian journalist Nick Davies.

 "This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,” Clooney said. “And the fact that it's true is the best part.  Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”

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