George Clooney is answering the call to direct "Hack Attack" for
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Revelations of the scandal shocked Britain and triggered a massive backlash, prompting Murdoch to shut down the 168-year-old News of the World newspaper in 2011 and spurring a government inquiry that revealed outrageous business practices.
"This has all the elements -- lying, corruption, blackmail -- at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," Clooney said in a statement. "And the fact that it's true is the best part."
The son of a journalist, Clooney has tackled issues related to journalism, politics and real events in many of his previous directorial efforts, including "Good Night, and Good Luck," "The Ides of March" and "The Monuments Men."
Clooney will produce "Hack Attack" with Grant Heslov under their Smokehouse banner. Shooting is scheduled to start next year.