Alex Gibney to Direct Julian Assange Doc for Universal

     January 21, 2011

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Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side and personal favorite Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) has been tapped by Universal Pictures to direct/produce a documentary about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  If you’re familiar with any of Gibney’s previous work, you may have noticed that the filmmaker often receives aid from his subjects in telling their own story (see Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer for the most recent proof).  However, as Variety points out, it’s not currently known whether or not Assange will participate in Gibney’s film.

In case you believe you’re experiencing déjà vu, you’ll be comforted to know that Gibney’s documentary is not the same as the Julian Assange biopic we reported on yesterday.  Well, except for the fact that they’ll both be about Assange and his WikiLeaks operation.  Other than that, they’re probably a lot different.  Well, sort of.  Maybe?  We can hope…

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