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.