The previously untitled WikiLeaks film directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) will now be titled The Fifth Estate. The first image from the film has also debuted. It features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Julian Assange with Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The Fifth Estate centers on the polarizing figure of Assange from the rise of his WikiLeaks website to the eventual controversial explosion over leaked government documents. The film is now slated to release on November 15, 2013. Hit the jump for the full press release and to see the first image from The Fifth Estate.
One of many films about the WikiLeaks scandal and/or founder Julian Assange currently in development is now moving forward. We previously knew that Benedict Cumberbatch was set to play Assange in DreamWorks’ adaptation of Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website with Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn) looking to direct, and now it appears that the second lead role has been filled. Variety reports that James McAvoy will star alongside Cumberbatch as Domscheit-Berg, Assange’s right hand man. Hit the jump for more on the film.
There are a number of projects in development about WikiLeaks and/or WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but one such film may now be moving closer to a reality. Per Deadline, Jeremy Renner is apparently keen on playing Assange in DreamWorks’ iteration of the story, with Kinsey and Twilight: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon looking at possible taking the helm. No solid movement has been made concerning Renner or Condon, but the two would make an interesting team to tackle one of the most high profile stories of the last decade. Hit the jump for more.
Rowan Joffe (The American) has signed on to script a WikiLeaks movie co-produced by HBO and the BBC. According to Variety, Joffe’s script will focus on “the story of the database run by former hacker and internet activist Julian Assange and his operatives, whose mission is to collect and disseminate via the Internet private, secret and classified information from anonymous sources.” After releasing thousands of sensitive government documents, Assange was at the center of a maelstrom of controversy and news coverage last year, in turn multiple feature projects. Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) will produce one, Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions optioned an Assange biography in the works, and Alex Gibney (Casino Jack and the United States of Money) will direct a WikiLeaks documentary. Charles Ferguson (Inside Job) is on board as director for the HBO/BBC project.
Joffe’s feature directorial debut, Brighton Rock, premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. His most recent assignments are all adaptations: Before I Go to Sleep, Agent Zigzag, and Great Expectations.
Screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and financier Megan Ellison have optioned the rights to a New York Times Magazine piece about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The story was written by Times executive editor Bill Keller and was published online on January 26th (you can click here to read it). The article details The Times and The Guardian’s dealings with Assange and the WikiLeaks organization. Boal has not yet committed to writing a script based on the Times Magazine’s piece. He is currently teamed with Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow to do an untitled indie thriller followed by the larger drama Triple Frontier starring Tom Hanks.
The Wrap reports that this is the latest of several Assange-based films in the work. Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is doing a film on Assange, and Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions have optioned Andrew Fowler’s upcoming biography on the WikiLeaks chief.
by Jason Barr Posted: January 20th, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Remember that guy who leaked all of that classified government information and caused a big stir? If for some reason the memory is currently escaping you, you’ll soon have a movie to remind you of Julian Assange and his Wikileaks operation. According to Variety, Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions have optioned the rights to a Julian Assange biopic.
The film, which is to be based on the upcoming Andrew Fowler biography The Most Dangerous Man in the World, is being developed as a drama/thriller. Although in its infancy, producer Barry Josephson is already likening the film to 1976′s four-time Oscar-winner All the President’s Men as “this generation’s suspenseful drama with global impact.” In addition to covering Assange’s recent publicity, the film (like Fowler’s biography) will dip all the way back into Assange’s childhood and cover major events leading up to his Wikileaks project. As of now, there is no word on the film’s desired release date.