The New York Times has named longtime managing editor Jill Abramson to become executive editor. She’ll replace her boss, Bill Keller, who’ll step down to become a writer for the paper. Abramson was an investigative reporter and former Washington bureau chief for the paper before being named managing editor in 2003. According to the Times, the 57-year-old Abramson likened the job to “ascending to Valhalla.” The change takes place Sept. 6. Keller ran the paper for the past eight years at a time when it was reeling from the implications of the digital age, which has taxed every newspaper’s circulation and advertising revenues. These troubles are a big part of the Andrew Rossi-directed Page One: Inside The New York Times, a documentary that made its debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media.
EXCLUSIVE: The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal and Management 360 have partnered with financier/producer Megan Ellison to option The Boy Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, an article about WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange in The New York Times Magazine written by the newspaper’s executive editor Bill Keller. Ellison, an exec producer of True Grit, will finance the film through her Annapurna Pictures and she, Boal and Management 360 will produce. Boal might write the film, but that will depend on if he has time. In addition to the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Triple Frontier with Tom Hanks, Boal is collaborating with Bigelow on a drama that might go sooner, about a secret Middle East mission movie. If Boal is going to write the Assange script, he will have to do it quickly.
His is just the latest in a growing number of Julian Assange/WikiLeaks movies that should continue to swell as more books about the controversial figure get published. I’ve heard DreamWorks is circling Inside WikiLeaks, a book that will be released February 15. It is written by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Assange’s number 2 at WikiLeaks who defected because he wanted WikiLeaks to apply journalistic discretion in the dispersal of secret government documents while Assange wanted to release as many as he could get his hands on.
There is also the $1.5 million memoir by Assange. Movie/TV rights will be handled by CAA for lit agency …