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Panama Papers movie already in the works

The Panama Papers data leak - one of the most fervently discussed news items of the year is already being shopped around Hollywood; with plans to adapt the yet-to-be-published book on the subject into a feature film.

Secrecy World, penned by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein, is set to be published in the latter half of 2017; yet studios and producers are already vying over who will attain the film rights for the book, the Guardian reports.

The non-fiction piece will recount the story behind the batch of leaked documents that implicated many high-profile figures, including David Cameron and Jackie Chan, in their use of offshore tax firms.

It's certainly a logical move for Hollywood following the Oscar-nominated success of Adam McKay's The Big Short, focused on the housing market's role in the 2007/8 financial crisis.

Indeed, topically-focused films aiming to unmask the secretive and the elite are increasingly becoming a hot trend for studios; with Spotlight's Best Picture Academy Award honoring the journalists who uncovered the Catholic Church's vast cover-up of systemic child abuse in the Boston area.

Upcoming is Oliver Stone's Snowden, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the CIA employee-turned-NSA whistleblower; with its release date recently pushed back to 16 September to qualify as an awards contender.

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