January 24th, 2011
02:07 PM ET
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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