It has been announced that Steven Soderbergh (‘Traffic,’ ‘Haywire,’ ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Ocean’s Eleven’) will produce, with an eye to direct, a movie based on the infamous Panama Papers, the largest data leak in corporate and government history.
Scott Z. Burns, who previously teamed with Soderbergh on ‘Side Effects,’ ‘Contagion,’ and ‘The Informant,’ is on board to script the project, based on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jake Bernstein’s forthcoming book, Secrecy World.
Bernstein was part of the international team of journalists who are members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that broke the story of the Panama Papers in April. More than 11 million records were leaked as a part of the papers sourced from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
The forthcoming book contains all-new details about the Panama Papers, including revelations about the financial machinations of rulers and royalty, the illegal activities connected to dozens of banks, and the extent to which U.S. companies and citizens are involved.
Soderbergh will serve as producer alongside Burns, Lawrence Grey’s Grey Matter Productions, and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content. Executive Producers include Jake Bernstein and Grey Matter COO, Ben Everard.