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Clooney to direct film about UK phone-hacking scandal

Published 04/09/2014 | 11:20

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US actor George Clooney arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film The Monuments Men presented in the Berlinale Competition of the 64th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin.
US actor George Clooney arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film The Monuments Men presented in the Berlinale Competition of the 64th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin.

George Clooney will once again tackle the subject of journalism in an adaptation of Hack Attack, the book by Guardian journalist Nick Davies about his investigation into phone hacking.

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The investigation into Rupert Murdoch's media empire eventually led to the closure of the News of the World.

Clooney's father Nick is a journalist and the actor/director previously starred and directed in another film about journalism, Good Night and Good Luck, which saw broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow attempting to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

In a statement, Clooney said of Hack Attack, “This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London.

"And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”

The film will be produced through Clooney's company Smokehouse Pictures which also produced Argo.

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