"Inside Job" director to shoot WikiLeaks film

Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:10pm EDT
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By Kimberly Nordyke

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Charles Ferguson, who won an Oscar this year for directing the financial-meltdown documentary "Inside Job," is attached to shoot an HBO Films movie about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The movie would mark Ferguson's first non-documentary project. His other credits include the Oscar-nominated "No End in Sight," about the American occupation of Iraq.

Assange was put in the U.S. government's crosshairs in November when his group published secret diplomatic cables. Not long afterward, he was accused of rape and sexual assault and is now on bail in England facing extradition to Sweden for questioning.

Two feature films about Assange also are in the works, at DreamWorks and Universal.

<p>Charles Ferguson (L) and Audrey Marrs accept the Oscar for best documentary feature for "Inside Job" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>