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George Clooney Directing Film About Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal

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George Clooney will direct a film about the News International phone hacking scandal. The script will be an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch.


The scandal shut down News of the World in 2011 after 168 years in print. It also brought us that display of straight up ride or die realness from Wendi Deng Murdoch when she leapt over several people to block her husband from a pie attack.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that George Clooney, the son of a journalist, kind of has a thing for telling the stories of journalists and real life events.

"This has all the elements — lying, corruption, blackmail — at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," said Clooney in a statement. "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."


I would like to preemptively give the Oscar to the person in charge of crafting all wigs for the actor tasked with playing Rebekah Brooks and I would also like to stress the importance including the Wendi Deng Murdoch pie-deflection onscreen.

But really, it's just good to see that George is going to keep himself busy after all that arduous wedding planning.

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I remember sitting at home watching this live on Sky News on a break from college. So hardcore!

I also don't think Clooney is a great director, so I'm not too excited about this. It's such an interesting , important story and I just don't think he has the chops for it. He's a little heavy handed in my opinion. Everything is "THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE AND AN IMPORTANT FILM". He's not the most subtle of film makers.