04/09/2014 07:36 BST | Updated 04/09/2014 07:59 BST

George Clooney To Direct Film About Phone Hacking Scandal Based On Nick Davies' Book 'Hack Attack'

George Clooney is to focus his director's camera on the UK's media phone hacking scandal, with an adaptation of the book 'Hack Attack' by Guardian journalist Nick Davies.

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The book was the result of Nick Davies' investigation into the hacking scandal brought to light three years ago, resulting in staff changes and trials at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, and the closure of the News of the World. According to George, the story is ripe for bringing to the screen.

He says in a statement, "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. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honour to put his book to film.”

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George Clooney, whose own father was an investigative journalist, has brought the world of media to screen previously, writing, directing and starring in 'Good Night and Good Luck', which looked at the dilemmas of reporting in the McCarthy era, and was nominated for six Oscars.

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Columbia Pictures chief Michael De Luca says of the new project, "With Hack Attack, George will explore the dark side of that world, a business where all of the rules of journalism are broken in the race for an easy and ever-larger payday."

George and his production partner Grant Heslov have plenty of project on their slate, following success with last year's Argo, which won the Oscar for Best Picture.

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