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September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

George Clooney will take on Rupert Murdoch and company with a movie based on the telephone voicemail hacking scandal that brought down Murdoch’s British tabloid News of the World and the conviction of its editor, Andy Coulson. The movie will be based on Guardian journalist Nick Davies’ investigation of the scandal, which, said Clooney, “has all the elements — lying, corruption, blackmail — at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. … And the fact that it’s true is the best part.” Clooney, the son of television journalist Nick Clooney, called Davies “a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.” Production of the film is set to start early next year, with Michael De Luca, president of production for Sony’s Columbia, overseeing the project. In a statement, he said that Clooney, who will produce and direct the movie but apparently not appear in it, “will explore the dark side of … a business where all of the rules of journalism are broken in the race for an easy and ever-larger payday.”