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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Clooney to direct film on media hacking scandal

George Clooney will direct a movie about the phone hacking scandal that ensnared some of Britain's biggest media figures and politicians.

Hack Attack is based on the 2014 book of the same name by journalist Nick Davies, who details how British newspapers hacked the telephone voice mails of celebrities, members of the royal family and crime victims.

"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," Clooney said in a statement.

The phone hacking scandal led media mogul Rupert Murdoch to close the News of the World newspaper in 2011 and abandon a $12bn bid for British pay TV broadcaster BSkyB.

The scandal resulted in arrests of top British editors and reached Prime Minister David Cameron, whose media chief Andy Coulson was forced to resign in 2011 over phone hacking when he was News of the World editor.

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Celebrities such as Elle Macpherson (inset), Steve Coogan and Ulrika Jonsson were among the high-profile victims.

Production on the film is scheduled to start next year.

Clooney, who won a best supporting actor Oscar in 2006, also earned a best director Oscar nomination that year for Good Night, and Good Luck about broadcast news legend Edward R Murrow.

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