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Joffe to pen HBO’s WikiLeaks movie

Film will spotlight Assange and his operation

Rowan Joffe is on board as writer of HBO’s untitled Wiki-Leaks telepic.

A co-production of HBO and the BBC, movie is the story of the database run by former hacker and internet activist Julian Assange and his operatives, whose mission is to collect and disseminate via the Internet private, secret and classified information from anonymous sources. The Oz publisher and journalist set off a firestorm in 2010 when he orchestrated the release of thousands of sensitive U.S. government documents.

Joffe, son of director Roland Joffe, penned the George Clooney indie “The American” as well as the sci-fi pic “28 Weeks Later.” He focused more on TV projects earlier in his career.

Charles Ferguson, who earlier this year earned an Oscar for his docu “Inside Job,” is set to direct.

Exec producers are Ferguson, Josh Maurer, Alixandre Witlin, David Stern, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

Assange feature biopic projects also are in the works at DreamWorks and Universal.

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