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George Clooney to Direct Movie About Rupert Murdoch Hacking Scandal

George Clooney has his next film project and chances are Rupert Murdoch is not going to like it very much. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Wednesday that Clooney will direct a movie based on British journalist Nick Davies’ book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch.

Davies’ book, released last month, centers on the scandal surrounding Murdoch’s now-shuttered News of the World tabloid, which was caught hacking into the phones of not only celebrities but also a 13-year-old girl who had been kidnapped and was later murdered.

“This has all the elements — lying, corruption, blackmail — at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,” Clooney said in a statement. “And the fact that it’s true is the best part.”

The actor was nominated for a Best Director Oscar in 2005 for Good Night and Good Luck, another media-focused film that told the story of CBS News anchor Edward R. Murrow’s fight against McCarthyism.

Earlier this year, News of the World editor Paul Coulson was convicted in the phone hacking case while fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted of all charges.

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