DreamWorks options movie rights to WikiLeaks books

Thu Mar 3, 2011 3:46pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The DreamWorks studio has optioned movie rights to a pair of books about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his controversial Website that is bent on revealing government secrets, company officials said on Thursday.

One of the books is "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" by journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding of The Guardian, the British newspaper said in an article.

The other is "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website" by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a defector from the organization.

The books were optioned by Holly Bario and Mark Sourian, co-presidents of production at DreamWorks Studios, said a spokesman for the company.

Director Steven Spielberg, a principal partner at DreamWorks along with co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider, is not personally working on the project.

No director or producer has yet been attached to make a movie, and filming may not start for years, if at all.

Also, the WikiLeaks story is a fast-moving one, with further developments likely in the future.

Assange, a 39 year-old Australian who infuriated U.S. government officials in late 2010 by publishing classified diplomatic cables, faces extradition from Britain to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.   Continued...