The studio cyberattack that exposed Hollywood studio politics is back on the radar—as a documentary. EW confirmed a Hollywood Reporter story that Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, the creative team behind the 2013 Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, The Square are working on a film that will focus on the Sony Pictures hacking scandal that plagued Hollywood last year, subsequently resulting in Amy Pascal stepping down as co-chairman of the company. Mike Lerner (Pussy Riot: A Punk’s Prayer) will produce.
When stolen corporate documents were posted online last November, the F.B.I. and President Obama pointed a finger at North Korea, based on the country’s warnings about the release of James Franco and Seth Rogan’s comedy, The Interview. But there remains widespread belief that the hack was an inside job, and the new film will reportedly focus on alternative options regarding exactly who was behind the crime.
Amer and Noujaim were already working on a documentary about international cyberhacking when the Sony story made headlines, and are rumored to be exploring the incident as it relates to these broader problems. ”The Sony story is an important chapter in this larger issue. The analysts and experts we speak to see it as the 9/11 of cyberattacks, and the implications will be felt for years to come,” Amer told the Reporter.