DreamWorks is currently developing a feature film based around Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks website. Last year the studio acquired the rights to two books based on the scandal; WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy, by David Leigh and Luke Harding, and Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website. The script for the movie was written by Josh Singer.
According to Deadline the studio is in talks with Bill Condon (Twilight Saga) to direct the film, and Jeremy Renner is pushing to play Julian Assange who "launched WikiLeaks in 2006 and established himself as a major thorn in the side of governments for leaking embarrassing diplomatic cables and secrets. He has been dealing with his own legal travails, as Sweden wants to try him for sexually assaulting two women and the U.S. wants to prosecute him for leaking classified documents, after it arrested an Army soldier for allegedly providing Assange with the goods. Assange most recently sought asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in the UK as he tries to avoid going back to Sweden." The guy obviously has some issues he needs to work out.
Renner has proven himself to be a great actor that can handle whatever role he takes on. I enjoy watching the films that he's in, and a movie like this could take his career to the next level. It's a different kind of role for him, but one I think he'd be great in. What do you think about Renner possibly taking on a role like this? This will definitley make for an interesting movie!
Here's the description from the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website:
In an eye-opening account, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman of WikiLeaks, reveals never-disclosed details about the inner workings of the increasingly controversial organization that has struck fear into governments and business organizations worldwide and prompted the Pentagon to convene a 120-man task force. In addition to Germany and the U.S., Inside WikiLeaks will be published simultaneously in 12 other countries.
Under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, Domscheit-Berg was the effective No. 2 at WikiLeaks and the organization’s most public face, after Julian Assange. In this book, he reveals the evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistleblower organization, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007. He also describes what led to his September 2010 withdrawal from WikiLeaks, including his disenchantment with the organization’s lack of transparency, its abandonment of political neutrality, and Assange’s increasing concentration of power. What has been made public so far about WikiLeaks is only a small fraction of the truth. With Domscheit-Berg’s insider knowledge, he is uniquely able to tell the full story. A computer scientist who worked in IT security prior to devoting himself full-time to WikiLeaks, he remains committed to freedom of information on the Internet. Today he is working on a more transparent secret-sharing website called OpenLeaks, developed by former WikiLeaks people, to be launched in early 2011.
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