March 3rd, 2011
11:17 AM ET
Could DreamWorks have the next "Social Network" on its hands? The critically acclaimed film, after all, was based on the history-as-it-happens book by Ben Mezrich, "The Accidental Billionaires."
Reps for DreamWorks confirmed that the studio has purchased the film rights to two books: “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website,” by former WikiLeaks exec Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy,” by David Leigh and Luke Harding of the UK's Guardian newspaper.
But this doesn't mean you'll see a WikiLeaks movie any time soon, from DreamWorks or anyone else. Spokesperson Chip Sullivan says the studio is “nurturing” the WikiLeaks material and will decide what to do with it. Sullivan added, “There are still chapters to be written in this story, and while it continues to evolve, so will our development of the film.”
So no director, writers or producers are on board yet, let alone any actors cast... which gives us plenty of time to speculate who should play the controversial site's mastermind, the gray-eyed, white-haired Assange? Bill Hader's done a nice job on "Saturday Night Live" – who else might you cast?
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