For more than six years, the U.K. journalist investigated phone-hacking practices at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and its subsidiary publications, including the popular long-running tabloid News of the World. The newspaper was shut down after Davies broke the story, while several of its senior editors faced criminal investigations.
Clooney, an outspoken critic of tabloid culture, said in a statement: “This [story] has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”