If there is one thing Hollywood is hot for at the moment, it’s Snow White and Julian Assange. Last month Alex Gibney announced that he would direct a documentary based on both him and the WikiLeaks scandal. Then there is news that Paul Greengrass is currently circling a docu-drama based on Assange. And, according to Deadline numerous other projects are circling around the Hollywood system.
Now we receive news today has announced that Oscar winning screenwriter Mark Boal is teaming up with production label Management 360 and producer Megan Ellison to obtain the rights of another Assange based article to be transformed into a feature. The article, which was published in the New York Times, is called “The Boy Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest: Dealing With Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets” and written by Bill Keller.
When this will come about who knows, it would be pertinent to have it sooner rather than later but Boal has a lot on his plate currently with two collaborations with Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow on Triple Frontier and an unnamed black ops thriller which will shoot in the summer. Boal is a possible screenwriter for the moment, if he can’t get it quickly enough presumably he’ll just stay on as producer but with all these Assange projects out there, it needs to be sooner rather than later.