DreamWorks Studios, founded by Steven Spielberg, has bought the movie rights to the Wikileaks book penned by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.
The book, 'WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy', tells the story of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the creation of Wikileaks. The book also provides an insider's account of Assange's partnership with The Guardian and the release of 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables.
The movie studio, which is backed by Hollywood heavy weights Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, has also purchased the rights to Inside WikiLeaks, the book written by Assange's former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The movie studio is yet to find a scriptwriter, director and actors for the movie.
According to The Guardian, insiders believe that the movie studio is brewing a heavily fictionalised Hollywood thriller along the lines of the Bourne series.
Experts think that like The Social Network, the Wikileaks movie would be based on the testimony of insiders combined with some first hand research and fictionalisation.
Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, said, “The Guardian's unique collaboration with WikiLeaks led to what some have described as one of the greatest journalistic scoops of the last 30 years. It's Woodward and Bernstein meets Stieg Larsson meets Jason Bourne.”