HULK HOGAN: Francis Lawrence to direct Gawker v. Hulk Hogan movie from 'Big Short' writer (Hollywood Reporter)

Posted on 6/13/118 by Mike Informer

This is the second Hollywood feature being developed about
the trial that brought down the controversial media company.
Francis Lawrence will tackle the big-screen version of one
of the largest and weirdest media lawsuits in recent memory.

The Hunger Games filmmaker is attached to direct the
adaptation of Ryan Holiday's Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk
Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue.

The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph is attached to write
the movie, which will chronicle Hogan's lawsuit against
Gawker Media over a sex tape that the online media company
published featuring the former WWE star and the wife of
Tampa-area shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. A jury ruled in
Hogan's favor, resulting in a $140 million judgment that
eventually lead to Gawker's dissolution.

Hogan, Gawker founder Nick Denton and the lawsuit's secret
financier, Peter Thiel, will all be characters in the movie.

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David A. Neuman's Blackrock Productions is behind the
feature, which he and Lawrence will produce.

Conspiracy isn't the only Hollywood project being developed
about the salacious legal battle. Modern Family director
Jason Winer is attached to helm Gawker v. Thiel from
producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Also, at the 2017
Sundance Film Festival, Netflix picked up the feature
documentary Nobody Speak, which chronicled the trial.

When I read Ryans extraordinary book I was totally taken
with this story, such an exquisitely contemporary tale, and
I immediately had a vision for it as a film," said Lawrence.
"Its an important and meaningful story, and one Im excited
to tell."

Added Randolph: Ryan Holidays book and the story it tells
are rare gifts for a screenwriter. These are such larger-
than-life characters strange, new volatile forces in
society and their conflict matters.

Lawrence most recently directed the Jennifer Lawrence
starrer Red Sparrow and is currently developing the reboot
of Battlestar Galactica for Universal. He is repped by CAA,
3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson.

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