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George Clooney to direct and produce Britain phone-hacking scandal film

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George Clooney is stepping behind the camera for his next movie project. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on Wednesday that the talented actor will be directing and producing an adaptation of the book “Hack Attack,” a detailed account of the British phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s new empire through the eyes of journalist Nick Davies.

Grant Heslove will produce the film alongside Clooney who is thrilled to be apart of the project. He said in a statement, “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 honor to put his book to film.”

Davies exposed the scandal through his six-year instigation of News Corporation and its subsidiary, News International. The book detailed how the company hacked into the voice mail of celebrities, politicians and British citizens. The scandal eventually led to the end of News of the World in 2011. The film will allow Clooney to explore the dark side of the world as the details and true events of the book “Hack Attack” are brought to the big screen.

The movie is due to begin shooting sometime in 2015. Clooney’s other directorial credits include “The Ides of March,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” and “The Monuments Men.” In the meantime, the 53-year-old actor is busy planning his wedding nuptials to human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin. Clooney has been reported as being “very hands-on” in planning the even that will take place sometime around the end of October. It is indeed a busy time for the “Gravity” actor.

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