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.
DreamWorks’ project is based on two books: David Leigh and Luke Harding’s WikiLeakes: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy and Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website. Development is still ongoing, especially since the Assange/WikiLeaks saga is still far from over, but I quite like the idea of Renner tackling this material with Condon at the helm. While Renner is great in more action-geared roles, I’m eager to see more of his dramatic side that was on full display in The Hurt Locker. Deadline notes that producers are considering moving away from DreamWorks and seeking independent financing, but that’s not a done deal yet either.
HBO and BBC are working on their own WikiLeaks project, while financier Megan Ellison is also developing a project of her own that may be scripted by The Hurt Locker’s Mark Boal. Condon is currently busy with post-production on the last installment in the Twilight franchise, and Renner is gearing up to shoot David O. Russell’s next currently untitled feature. Again, neither Renner nor Condon are officially onboard the WikiLeaks project, but I’d definitely be interested in seeing their take on the story.