According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney has signed up to helm an adaptation of the book "Hack Attack," about the 2011 phone hacking scandal that plagued Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Author Nick Davies dives into the company's practice of hacking into voicemails of British celebs and politicians to produce news scoops.
When the scandal came to light, it brought down the 168-year-old newspaper News of the World, provoked a government investigation, led to the arrests of multiple editors, and generally brought shame upon the billionaire Murdoch.
Journalism is a topic Clooney is passionate about; his father was a news broadcaster and in 2005, he received an Academy Award nomination for directing 2005's "Good Night and Good Luck" about TV journalist Edward R. Murrow.
"This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," said Clooney in a statement. "And the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film."
Clooney last directed this year's "Monuments Men."