Steven Soderbergh Tackling Panama Papers Movie

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Steven Soderbergh

The filmmaker is set to produce with an eye to direct the feature.

The story of the Panama Papers is getting the movie treatment via filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

Soderbergh is set to produce with an eye to direct the feature, which will see him team up with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, a frequent collaborator with whom he made Contagion, The Informant! and Side Effects.

Lawrence Grey of Grey Matter Productions will produce with Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content. Soderbergh also will produce. 

The project will be based on the upcoming book The Secrecy World by Jake Bernstein, the investigative reporter who helped lead the unveiling of the 11 million records.

The Panama Papers were the documents leaked by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that detailed how the wealthy and powerful of the world’s elite used a Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca to escape scrutiny.

Bernstein's book will contain new details as well as revelations about the financial machinations of rulers and royalty, the illegal activities of some of the world’s largest banks, details about the role of U.S. companies and citizens and the inside story of how a global team of investigative journalists cracked the story.

Sugar explored the world of investigative journalism with Spotlight, the Oscar-winning movie about the Boston Globe reporters who took on the Catholic Church.

Grey is a producer of Lights Out, an upcoming horror movie from New Line.

Soderbergh recently came out of self-imposed retirement and is now filming a NASCAR-set heist movie titled Logan Lucky. The all-star lineup in the cast ranges from Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum to Hilary Swank and Katherine Heigl.

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