George Clooney to direct phone-hacking scandal drama for Sony

George Clooney’s next directorial project is set to put the tabloid press in his crosshairs once again, with the star set to helm an account of the recent phone hacking scandal that prompted the Leveson Inquiry.

Sony is pressing forward with an adaptation of journalist Nick Davies’ book, Hack Attack , focusing on the phone-hacking activities of News International, and the subsequent fallout.

For those with short memories, the scandal eventually led to the closure of The News Of The World after some 168 years of publication, and the subsequent government investigation that lead to the most serious examination of press practices in many a year, and a series of high-profile arrests.

According to THR , there are no plans for Clooney to appear in front of the camera, with production on the film set to get underway in the new year.

The subject material is of particular interest to Clooney, who has long been a critic of the tabloid press, both in America and the UK. The Daily Mail was the most recent target of his ire, with the star describing the paper as “the worst kind of tabloid” after publishing an “irresponsible” story regarding his fiancé.