Miramax Films will produce a film and a multimedia project based on the hunt for cyber felon Kevin Mitnick, the computer criminal who captured the attention of the New York Times, the FBI and Hollywood.
Miramax has purchased the worldwide film and interactive rights to the hacker’s tale. Rights were bought for an undisclosed amount from computer security expert Tsutomu Shimomura, who led the two-year pursuit of Mitnick, and reporter John Markoff, who penned the Times’ article.
Markoff will turn his article into a book, which will be developed into a script. “Catching Kevin: The Pursuit and Capture of America’s Most Wanted Computer Criminal” will be published later this year by Miramax’s sister company, Hyperion Books (both companies are owned by the Walt Disney Co.).