London Times battle to be a movie

April 16th, 2012

By Steve Clarke
April 16, 2012

Rupert Murdoch’s fierce battles with one of his British editors are to be turned into a feature film that will also reference the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World.

U.K. shingle What’s It all About? Prods. has acquired film and TV rights to Harold Evans‘ bestseller “Good Times, Bad Times,” the recently updated account of his testy relationship with Murdoch when Evans edited the Times.

Evans, who had edited the Sunday Times for 14 years, resigned from the paper over what he considered to be unacceptable pressure from Murdoch regarding editorial independence

A screenplay is yet to be written, but Leon Lecash, creative director of What’s It all About?, is optimistic that the pic will start filming near the end of the year.

Talks with a potential production partner are under way, and a writer is being scouted.

As well as a starring role for thesps playing Evans and Murdoch, who bought the Times in 1981 amid controversy, there is likely to be a cameo as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Earlier this year, papers from the Thatcher archive revealed that a secret meeting took place between she and Murdoch at which the prime minister was informed of the mogul’s intention to bid for the U.K. newspaper, regarded at the time as the voice of the British establishment. Murdoch had always denied the existence of any meeting with Thatcher.

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