George Clooney is to direct a film about the British phone-hacking scandal, the studio behind the project announced.
Hack Attack will be based on the book of the same name by Guardian journalist Nick Davies about the scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's news empire, which triggered the demise of its weekly News of the World.
"This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," Clooney - the son of a journalist - said, in a statement released by Sony Pictures. "And the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honour to put his book to film."
The phone-hacking trial was one of the most expensive in English legal history, spotlighting the close ties between the Murdoch empire and politicians and the no-holds-barred methods of Britain's tabloid press.
Those affected by the hacking included Prince William's now-wife Kate Middleton, James Bond star Daniel Craig and actor Jude Law.