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Francis Lawrence to helm film on Gawker vs Hulk Hogan lawsuit

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

"Red Sparrow" helmer has been tapped to direct the film adaptation of the book "Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue".

Oscar-winning scribe will adapt the Ryan Holiday's novel, which was published in February this year, reported Variety.

The film will detail the legal battle between the WWE Hogan; Media and its founder, Nick Denton, over a sex tape that the company published featuring the former WWE star. The lawsuit resulted in a USD 140 million judgment against and led to the outlet's subsequent bankruptcy.

It was later revealed that billionaire secretly funded Hogan's lawsuit out of his personal anger towards for outing him.

Hogan, Denton and Thiel, will all be characters in the movie and the makers are planning to cast Hollywood A-listers to these roles.

Lawrence will also produce alongside Productions'

"When I read Ryan's 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.

"It's an important and meaningful story, and one I'm excited to tell," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 16:05 IST