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Assange declassified: biopic in works

EXCLUSIVE: Josephson Entertainment, Michelle Krumm Prods option rights

A biopic on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, billed by producers as a suspenseful drama “thriller,” is heading for the bigscreen.

Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Prods. have jointly optioned feature rights to Australian reporter Andrew Fowler’s upcoming biography “The Most Dangerous Man in the World.”

Tome, to be published later this year by Melbourne U. Publishing Ltd., is an in-depth look at Assange from his childhood to the current day with the anti-secrecy Wiki-Leaks “revolution.”

Fowler first interviewed Assange last May. Michelle Krumm will produce along with Barry Josephson (“Enchanted,” Fox’s “Bones”). L.H. Adonis will co-produce.

Assange founded the Wiki-Leaks site in 2006 and has published secret U.S. diplomatic cables about American involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and materials about toxic waste dumping in Africa and Guantanamo Bay procedures plus Church of Scientology manuals.

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“As soon as I met Andrew and read a few chapters of his profound book, I knew that — with his incredibly extensive depth of knowledge — it would enable us to bring a thought-provoking thriller to the screen,” Krumm said.

Josephson said, “Like ‘All the President’s Men’ in its day, ‘The Most Dangerous Man in the World’ is this generation’s suspenseful drama with global impact.”

Krumm launched her production banner in 2009 after serving as exec VP and head of acquisitions and co-production at the Weinstein Co.

She exec produced “All Good Things” and “Bobby.”

Josephson’s other producing credits include “Hide and Seek” and “Life as We Know It.”

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