Los Angeles – DreamWorks has
purchased the movie rights to two books about WikiLeaks and its founder Julian
Assange, Deadline Hollywood reported. They include "WikiLeaks: Inside
Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy," a book penned by Guardian journalists
David Leigh and Luke Harding, and "Inside WikiLeaks," which was
written by former WikiLeaks insider Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
Deadline notes that
several other WikiLeaks-based productions are also in the works, including a
documentary by Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"); a
film based on a New York Times Magazine article, from Annapurna Pictures; a
biopic based on a New Yorker article, from HBO and the BBC; and a documentary
called "WikiLeaks: War, Lies and Videotape," to be distributed by
Assange himself also has a $1.5 million deal to write a memoir, movie
rights for which will be negotiated by CAA, according to Deadline.com.
*Clarification: DreamWorks contacted DMW to note that director and company co-founder Steven Spielberg has not been attached as producer or director on any prospective WikiLeaks project, but confirmed the company’s book rights purchases.