The WikiLeaks saga has more drama than the most gripping Hollywood thriller and, therefore, last year DreamWorks picked up two WikiLeaks related books in preparation for their biopic about the controversial ‘journalist.’
DreamWorks needs to find a screenwriter to adapt the books ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website’ by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former WikiLeaks executive, and ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’ by David Leigh and Luke Harding, British journalists who worked at The Guardian and helped Assanage publish his first findings.
But, now, we have word that the studio wants actor Jeremy Renner
to take the lead role and director Bill Condon
(The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II) is also circling the Untitled WikiLeaks/DreamWorks Project.
Dreamworks are not the only film company seeking to tell Assange’s story: The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal has also optioned ‘The Boy Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, based on a New York Times Magazine article by Bill Keller, and Universal Pictures will stick to just the facts, picking up a documentary on the WikiLeaks subject.
As for Assange, he most recently sought asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in the UK as he tries to avoid going back to Sweden.
As for Renner, he’s preparing to shoot David O. Russell’s new untitled film; Condon who was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is busy with post-production on the last installment in the Twilight franchise.
Nothing’s been set in stone yet, so stay tuned.