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Hacker and cybersecurity-themed movies are becoming increasingly more common, especially those based on true stories like the recent Oliver Stone biopic of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The latest in this genre is said to be a film about convicted Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht.
We first caught wind of the project in late 2013 when author Dennis Lehane was rumored to be working on the script. According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter (THR), however, the film - previously called Silk Road but now referred to as Dark Web - is now being written by Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, collectively referred to as the Coen brothers.
The original script was to be based on an article by journalist Joshua Davis according to Deadline although now, THR says it’s being based on a two-part article by Wired writer Joshua Bearman. Davis is listed by the publication as a producer. 20th Century Fox and Cherin Entertainment are still working on the project as well.
Ulbricht in 2011 launched a dark web marketplace known as the Silk Road that allowed users to buy and sell a variety of illegal products and services including drugs, firearms and counterfeit documents, just to name a few. At the time of his arrest in October 2013, Ulbricht reportedly had a net worth of nearly $30 million, most of which were proceeds from operating the site.
The Coen brothers have been in the business of making films for decades. They’re perhaps best known for The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, True Grit, Fargo and No Country for Old Men, just to name a few. The latter two films earned the brothers Oscars.