The life of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks will be filmed by Hollywood.Josephson Entertainment production companies and Michelle Krumm Prods bought the rights to his biography. While Julian Assange idles in the U.K. pending the outcome of his legal problems related to sexual assault charges, his celebrity and cash flow are growing.
WikiLeaks: The Movie moved a step closer to reality after studio executives picked up the screen rights to Andrew Fowler’s autobiography on Julian Assange, The Most Dangerous Man in the World. The book details Assange’s life from his childhood to the founding of his whistleblower Web site in 2006.
Producers Barry Josephson and Michelle Krumm say they are planning a “suspenseful drama” with the thrill of a Tom Clancy novel. No director is currently attached to the project and there are no cast details.
Assange incurred the ire of U.S. authorities by partnering with the Guardian to publish over 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables. He revealed details of toxic waste dumping in Africa, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and Church of Scientology manuals.
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD is an in depth look at Assange from his childhood to the current WikiLeaks revolution. Fowler first interviewed Assange in May 2010. The book will be published by Melbourne University Publishing Ltd. in 2011.