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George Clooney set to make film on hacking scandal

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

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George Clooney

Sony Pictures have announced that George Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of "Hack Attack," reporter Nick Davies' explosive book about the British phone hacking scandal.

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The actor said in a statement last night that the account has "all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London."

Heart-throb Clooney (inset), who is himself the son of a journalist, described Davies as "a brave and stubborn reporter" and said it was "an honour to put his book to film".

Mr Davies investigated Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and subsidiary News International for more than six years.

His book details widespread hacking of voice mail of public officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens.

The scandal drew widespread attention and sent tremors through British politics.

It resulted in the closure of the News of the World newspaper.

The movie starts shooting next year.

Irish Independent

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