Sundance: Universal nabs 'WikiLeaks' doc
January 24th, 2011
02:07 PM ET

Sundance: Universal nabs 'WikiLeaks' doc

Universal Pictures has purchased a documentary about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney is set to direct. Gibney is known for getting the subjects of his films to actively participate in the documentaries.

Among Gibney's films are "Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room," the Jack Abramoff documentary "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," and last fall's "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer."

No word yet on whether Assange will cooperate or not. The Australian-born Assange launched the whistle-blower site in 2006, revealing classified government documents and secrets from various anonymous news sources.

Assange was arrested in London last month for an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. He's now out on bail under house arrest in England pending an extradition hearing. Assange maintains the allegations are false and politically motivated.

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  1. THX

    I seriously doubt many people will even bother watching a film about this guy. He's yesterday's news.

    January 25, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. LiberalNN

    Like this loser doesn't have a big enough ego already. I expect liberal Hollywood will hail this megalomaniac as a hero and savior.

    January 25, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Gas Man

    All i know is i still have gas and i want to fart!

    January 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. V4V

    I didnt read this story, what's it about?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Trash


    January 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. adam

    We [the USA] should just kill everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    January 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt ironside

      good plan, then when the rest of the world is out of the way, you can carry on killing yourselves in "peace". anyone have a giant bubble for this guy? i think his head out grew his helmet.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Truth

    It's so funny to see the same people who scream about Freedom this and Freedom that, go ballistic over an act of Freedom. If you want corruption and lies, shut up complaining all the time. If you want "Free"dom, then accept and receive freedom. I'm so sick of people wanting it both ways.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andy R

    I agree with The Dude. Assange is nothing more than a coward sticking his nose into places it doesn't belong. I'll be thrilled when he finally has a "tragic" car wreck. Hopefully his cowardly little cronies meet a similar fate.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlindDeaf&DUMB

      You're right man. It'd be so much easier if all the death, corruption, greed, and bloodshed exposed by Wikileaks was just left under the rug where we wouldn't have to make choices about it...

      January 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Andy R, you're basically the kind of person that enabled the Nazis to gain power.

      January 25, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Me_MoMo

    Well, if there IS going to be a movie made about this, I think Neil Patrick Harris would be the best actor for it. The physical similarity is definitely there.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the_dude

    Assange is just a tool. If you bust Assange he will be replaced by some other tool the next day. What needs to be done is any person who leaked info needs to take a roadtrip with a CIA kill squad.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • pvh

      You sound like a fascist. You would have made a great block leader in 1940's Germany. You could out all of the sympathizers to the SS.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Suz

    I was wondering what was happening to Assange (along with Joran van der Sloot – news of him is at a deafening silence, too).

    When is Assange's hearing? Anybody know?

    January 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Reggie Wells

    ...going to go to support Wilileaks and thereby foster more harm to this country ..
    Wrong! Wikileaks is credit to freedom. We should all cheer Mr Assange.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      What a moronic ideal, he is not even an American. We have no freedoms in other countries and it should be visa-versa.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |

      He is a hero!!! The US is just upset he is showing the world how corrupt we are. The truth hurts.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • trickiwiki

      I support Wiki Leaks. Love him!

      January 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doolie

      How can any America think that the man walks on water when he has said over and over again that he hates America and want to "bring it down". Do you really think that the US is the only country that has secrets. How come, if he is so into the truth and only the truth, he isn't publishing Australia's secrets.

      January 25, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. doolie

    Alex Gibney does great work but if he is paying Assage for his story you know that the money is going to go to support Wilileaks and thereby foster more harm to this country. Gibney might want to think about that before he writes the check

    January 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • caliconor

      Wikileaks isn't causing harm, it's the person who leaked the info to wikileaks to begin with.

      January 25, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Wikileaks was instrumental in the overthrow of the tyrannical and oppressive Tunisian government. Anybody supporting freedom and opposed to oppressive totalitarian governments should be supporting Wikileaks.

      January 25, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The only people in this country who would be "harmed" by Wikileaks are those who saw fit to deny the truth from the public. These people don't have the public's best interest in mind. The ones scrambling to shred papers and better conceal their secrets are the ones who must be exposed.

      January 25, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |

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