Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is mulling to make a film about Panama Papers. The film about the biggest data leak in history will be based on the book ‘Secrecy World’ being written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein, ‘Deadline’ said in a report.
The book which is not expected till the latter half of 2017 had triggered considerable interest among the film community. There has been intense bidding for the screen rights.
Bernstein was one of the journalists who worked with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to expose the financial dealings of the rich and the famous. 11.5 million documents were leaked from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama based offshore law firms. The Panama Papers included financial details of 214,488 offshore entities.
The leaked files identified associates or kin of several presidents, prime ministers and political leaders including Vladimir Putin and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, actors Jackie Chan and Emma Watson were among those named in the Panama Papers.
Iceland’s prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson had to leave office in April, soon after the documents were published by 107 media organisations in 80 countries.
He was one of the journalists at the who helped bring the story to light. Bernstein’s book, which he is currently writing, will likely be adapted by Scott Z Burns, who made Contagion, Side Effects and The Informant! with Soderbergh.
The New York based producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor’s repertoire of films include Sex Lies and Video Tape (1989) and Erin Brokovich (2000).
The film maker who had earlier announced his retirement from feature filmmaking had recently said he is “unretiring”.
While the ‘Deadline’ report says that Soderbergh is only producing the film, the ‘Hollywood Reporter’ has said he will be directing it too.