Clooney To Direct Film On Phone Hacking Scandal
George Clooney is planning to direct a movie about the phone hacking scandal which rocked the British establishment and saw the closure of the News Of The World.
Film studio Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed that Clooney had put his name to an adaptation of the 2014 book Hack Attack.
The novel by journalist Nick Davies documents how British newspapers hacked into the voicemails of countless high-profile figures.
In a statement, Clooney said: "This 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.
"Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honour to put his book to film."
The News Of The World closed in 2011 after it was revealed members of staff had hacked into the phones of celebrities, members of the royal family and crime victims.
Clooney, who is the son of TV journalist Nick Clooney, earned a best director Oscar nomination in 2006 for the film Good Night, And Good Luck which tells the story of broadcast news legend Edward R Murrow.
The 53-year-old will produce Hack Attack with partner Grant Heslov through their studio Smokehouse.
The company was behind the Oscar-winning film Argo.
Production on their latest enterprise is scheduled to start next year.