George Clooney To Direct A Film About The Phone-Hacking Scandal
The actor/director/producer is making the film version of journalist Nick Davies' book of the scandal, Hack Attack.
Some journalists involved in the lengthy newspaper phone-hacking scandal and resulting trial joked about who would play them in a film version. They will soon find out.
Davies is the investigative reporter for The Guardian who blew open the phone-hacking scandal in 2011 by reporting that staff at News of the World had accessed the voicemail of the murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler.
This put in motion a chain of events that saw Rupert Murdoch close the News of the World and the police make a series of arrests that led to one of the longest and most complex criminal trials in UK history. Former NOTW editor and Conservative party communications director Andy Coulson was sentenced to 18 months for his part in intercepting voicemails, and there were several other convictions.
There are more potential convictions of journalists and payouts to victims of phone-hacking to come.
Davies' book – subtitled "How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch" – focuses on attempts to cover up the scandal by publisher News International.
The film is a vindication of his work on the story, which began in 2007 when NOTW royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were found guilty of hacking phones. Back then, the scandal was dismissed as just the work of one "rogue reporter".