George Clooney to direct film about UK phone-hacking scandal

'Argo' producer will adapt the book 'Hack Attack' by journalist Nick Davies

George Clooney has announced he will direct a film about the UK phone-hacking scandal.

The star of Gravity and producer of the Oscar-winning Argo will adapt the book Hack Attack written by The Guardian journalist Nick Davies.

The film will chronicle the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s media empire News Corp and resulted in the closure of the News of the World.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney said in a statement: “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 is due to go into production next year. Unlike his last directorial effort The Monuments Men, Clooney has no plans to star in the film and will stay behind the camera working with long-time producing partner Grant Heslov. The duo are also planning a remake of Norwegian thriller Pioneer.

Clooney is also due to start filming on the next Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar! and will appear in in Brad Bird’s Disney film Tomorrowland in cinemas next summer.