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Variety is reporting that a biopic on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in the works and will be based on The Most Dangerous Man in the World, the forthcoming biography by Andrew Fowler. (The process of optioning an unreleased book for a quick movie was made famous most recently by The Social Network and Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires, which were written at basically the same time.) The problems that come with basing a film, which leans toward fiction, on a biography, which strives for fact, will be interesting to watch in the case of this Assange “thriller.” To start, there are those pesky, icky rape allegations and doubtlessly a lot of time spent on the computer. But no one would watch that movie.
Instead there will probably be a lot of secret meetings with briefcases and trench coats, plus maybe an assassination. It’s also worth wondering how they’re going to make this thing a love story, like every movie is, considering this man is a bizarre dater and more than a little creepy.
Here are some business details:
Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Prods. have jointly optioned feature rights to Australian reporter Andrew Fowler’s upcoming biography “The Most Dangerous Man in the World.”
Tome, to be published later this year by Melbourne U. Publishing Ltd., is an in-depth look at Assange from his childhood to the current day with the anti-secrecy Wiki-Leaks “revolution.”
Fowler first interviewed Assange last May. Michelle Krumm will produce along with Barry Josephson (“Enchanted,” Fox’s “Bones”). L.H. Adonis will co-produce.
“Like All the President’s Men in its day, The Most Dangerous Man in the World is this generation’s suspenseful drama with global impact,” said someone who stands to make a lot of money.
Let the speculation about casting begin, but it has to be Bill Maher, right?