Michael Winterbottom’s Revolution Buys Rights to Comedy-Thriller About Tabloid Journalism

Director Michael Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton’s production company, Revolution Films, has bought the film rights to Andrew Croker’s comedy-thriller novel about tabloid journalism, “Three in a Bed,” the company confirmed to Variety Tuesday.

The novel, which is subtitled “The shady world of the tabloids, sex, spies and entrapment,” is set shortly after the real-life 2014 phone-hacking trial of senior staff from Rupert Murdoch’s now shuttered News of the World newspaper, and centers on a tabloid news editor.

“It’s set against the background of real events, particularly the unsavory threesome that involved our politicians, the police and the press,” Croker told the Guardian newspaper.

“It really is the first novel to explore the media world after the Leveson inquiry (into press malpractice). Journalists are so used to seeing their profession being portrayed negatively in TV, films and books. I have so many friends working in journalism and I know how it really works. This shows all the flaws of the tabloid world but its good side, too. For once, the journalist is not the villain.”

Penguin Random House is distributing the book, which has gone on sale this week.

Revolution has produced 36 movies since being founded in 1994. Three were selected in competition for the Cannes Film Festival: “24 Hour Party People,” “Wonderland” and “Welcome to Sarajevo.” “In This World” won a BAFTA and the Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear, while “The Road to Guantanamo” was Berlin’s Silver Bear winner for directing. “The Killer Inside Me” also competed in Berlin.

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