Look out Chilean miners, there’s a new topical dramatization on the horizon! Relevance, thy name is Assange. The upcoming biography of Julian Assange (seen to the right looking like your mom’s holistic friend) has been optioned today to become a dramatic biopic.
The source material for the screenplay is The Most Dangerous Man in the World, Assange’s biography written by Andrew Fowler. The book is expected to be released later this year, but don’t expect studios to wait that long to start ramping up production.
In case you’re really, really, ignorant, Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks and is currently awaiting extradition in Britain for a sexual assault case in Sweden, then from there he will embark on a global tour and get prosecuted by every sovereign government on the planet for high treason.
Unsurprisingly, the feature is being touted as a “thriller” by studios Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions. The story of the disavowed Wikileaks founder is already knee-deep in espionage lore, so creating a thrilling film shouldn’t take too many gymnastics. Look for the movie to be released at some point during Assange’s lifelong incarceration. (Variety)