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George Clooney to direct film version of 'Hack Attack,' about British phone hacking scandal

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CULVER CITY, California — Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that George Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of "Hack Attack," reporter Nick Davies' book about the British phone hacking scandal.

Clooney said in a statement the account has "all the elements — lying, corruption, blackmail — at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London."

PHOTO: FILE - This Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 file photo George Clooney is interviewed by Fabio Fazio during the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan, Italy.  Sony Pictures announced Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 that   Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of “Hack Attack,” reporter Nick Davies’ book about the British phone hacking scandal. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu, File)
FILE - This Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 file photo George Clooney is interviewed by Fabio Fazio during the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan, Italy. Sony Pictures announced Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 that Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of “Hack Attack,” reporter Nick Davies’ book about the British phone hacking scandal. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu, File)

Clooney, who is the son of a journalist, called Davies "a brave and stubborn reporter" and said it was "an honor to put his book to film."

Davies investigated Rupert Murdock's News Corp. and subsidiary News International for more than six years. His book details widespread hacking of voice mail of public officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens.

The scandal drew widespread attention and sent tremors through British politics.

The movie starts shooting next year.

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