The story, set in 1971, follows eight anti-war activists who stole classified FBI documents from an office near Philadelphia and exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s Cointelpro campaign of spying and blackmail against Vietnam War protesters. Details of documents were leaked to Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger, who disclose the FBI campaign wrote the 2014 “The Burglary: The Discovery Of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.”
The FBI was never able to apprehend the eight, who called themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the F.B.I.. The identities of the eight activists were unveiled in 2014.
Gibeny will direct from a script by Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion”). Producers are Burns, Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, Ashley Zalta, Meredith Milton and Participant Media. Sugar won the Academy Award for best picture with “Spotlight” on Feb. 28.
The film will be the first narrative feature for Gibney.
Gibney’s “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” won three Emmys last year. His credits include “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” “Casino Jack and the United States of Money” and “Taxi to the Dark Side,” winner of the 2007 Academy Award for best documentary feature.
Gibney is represented by UTA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.