Sunday, April 24, 2011

HBO wikileaks movie project

On January 24, 2011, it was revealed that HBO is making a movie about Julian Assange.  The HBO film will be direct-to-TV and is based on Raffi Khatchadourian's article in the New Yorker.  The movie will focus on Mr. Assange's life, both before and during the Wikileaks era.
If past HBO productions are any guide, HBO will take an aggressive political angle and use powerful documentary techniques to portray Julian Assange as a polarizing figure.  HBO has traditionally pulled no punches, and tends to lean liberal in its political portrayals (although there are plenty of exceptions). 

The project is being produced by Joshua Maurer and Alixandre Witlin (each of City Entertainment) and the legendary David Stern (KippSter Entertainment). 

I'm interesting in seeing this one, not just becaue it might be first to market, but because it could be shocking and raw in its treatment of subjects like Assange's allegations of sexual misconduct and the Bradley Manning issue.  I think some of the other films might skip the Manning bits because they are still too current and political.

Impact Rating: * * * * (4/5 stars)
Politics Rating: Incindiary
Timing Rating: Sooner than later

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