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WikiLeaks Goes From Computers to Movie Screen

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WikiLeaks Goes From Computers to Movie Screen

Throughout the political landscape and journalism community, the buzzword last year quickly became “WikiLeaks,” a bane of existence to reporters and politicians alike as the website continuously spilled major secrets about US involvement in international affairs before any news site.

But what about the real story behind the man who founded the now infamous company—the lead of the biographical “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” by Andrew Fowler—Julian Assange? Well, you’re soon going to find out as Variety reports that a biopic based on Assange is in the works by Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions. The two companies jointly optioned the rights to Fowler’s book that tracks Assange from his childhood to his present day anti-secrecy crusade with the WikiLeaks website.

“As soon as I met Andrew and read a few chapters of his profound book, I knew that — with his incredibly extensive depth of knowledge — it would enable us to bring a thought-provoking thriller to the screen,” producer Michelle Krumm told Variety.

Fellow producer Barry Josephson added, “Like ‘All the President’s Men’ in its day, ‘The Most Dangerous Man in the World’ is this generation’s suspenseful drama with global impact.”

The producers plan on billing the film as a “suspenseful drama thriller.” Obviously they’ll probably take some liberties with the story in order to fit that genre, otherwise the movie most likely would just consist of Assange negotiating for information and posting it online—decisively not very thrilling. However, Hollywood habitually takes these steps, as evidenced with the recent hit The Social Network.

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