FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Julian Assange - A Modern Day Hero? Inside The World Of WikiLeaks
Coming to DVD on May 3, 2011
An unbiased and informative documentary on Julian Assange, Wikileaks and more. Many people claim to know just what Julian Assange stands for, but do they know the whole story? This revealing 3 hour in-depth documentary allows the viewer a chance to determine the truth. Is Assange a modern day internet guru or simply a man of the people?
Julian Paul Assange is an Australian journalist, publisher and Internet activist. He is best known as the spokesperson and editor in chief for WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website. He has lived in several countries and is constantly on the move, making irregular public appearances to speak about freedom of the press and censorship. In doing so, he has won three journalism awards for his work with WikiLeaks.
Points on Interest:
* WikiLeaks has recently been nominated for a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
* Ubiased and raw footage let the viewer make up his / her own mind
* Julian Assange was Time Magazine's Person of the Year (Readers' Choice) for 2010
* Assagne was 2009 Amnesty International Media Award winner
* Over 3 hours of in-depth content
Steven Spielberg's studio Dreamworks has bought the screen rights to two books on the notorious WikiLeaks site and its eccentric founder Julian Assange. DreamWorks reportedly wants to make an "investigative thriller" modeled after All The President's Men, recounting the extraordinary leaking of confidential documents on Afghanistan, Iraq, and U.S. diplomatic relations.
Also, a documentary directed by Alex Gibney will be completed next year, while HBO and the BBC are reportedly collaborating on a film based on Raffi Khatchadourian's celebrated New Yorker profile of Assange. Meanwhile, The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal has bought the rights to Bill Keller's account of working with Assange in The New York Times magazine, while CAA is touting the rights to Assange's forthcoming memoir. WikiLeaks is the "next big thing" in Hollywood right now, says Russ Fischer at /Film.
Hollywood actor Matt Damon has been named as the bookie's favorite to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the 40-year-old Bourne star and Russell Crowe, 46, are reportedly first in line for the role, with odds of 6-1, followed by other big names including Jude Law and Leonardo DiCaprio.
And the book:
Assange, speaking to The Sunday Times, said the deal would bring in more than $1 million, with $800,000 from Knopf and another 325,000 pounds ($500,000) from U.K. publisher Canongate. But he said he only agreed to it because he was under financial pressure.
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News Editor April 4, 2011, 11:29 am