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DreamWorks Enters WikiLeaks Movie Sweepstakes, Buying Two Major Books

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has officially entered the derby to turn the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks into a feature film. The studio has acquired rights to two books by pivotal players in the WikiLeaks drama. DreamWorks has secured screen rights to Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, the Crown book by Daniel Domscheit-Berg. He’s the former top WikiLeaks former executive who defected because he wanted WikiLeaks to exercise journalistic discretion instead of the document dump that took place.  ICM brokered that deal. DreamWorks has also bought WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, written by David Leigh and Luke Harding, the two journalists from the UK-based The Guardian who worked with Assange on bringing his first revelations into play through their paper,  as well as Der Spiegel and The New York Times. That book was published by Guardian Books. They detail their dealings with Assange, who at one point hid from the CIA in Leigh’s London house. The book covers the WikiLeaks phenomenon from its 2006 launch onward.

I’m told that DreamWorks executives from Stacey Snider, Steve Spielberg to co-presidents Holly Bario and Mark Sourian, are intrigued enough by the Assange story to cobble together rights that will allow them to attack the story creatively from any of several angles. They are content to gather string, but haven’t hired a writer yet. A good … Read More »

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John Hamburg Back In DreamWorks Fold

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has given a two-year first look deal to John Hamburg, who got separated from the studio in its divorce with Paramount Pictures. Hamburg’s move puts the writer/director/producer on familiar ground, figuratively and literally. Aside from reuniting with DreamWorks, he’ll stay in the bungalow on the Universal lot where he has long had offices while co-writing all three films in the Uni/DreamWorks co-produced Meet the Parents franchise. He most recently co-wrote and produced Little Fockers. The deal was made by DreamWorks co-presidents of production Holly Bario and Mark Sourian. Read More »

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