Leo DiCaprio is *NOT* turning the Volkswagen emissions scandal into a feature movie; the GRIST story was pure unfactcheced Hollywood hype: HERE is the inside skinny...
Remember that Volkswagen scandal? The one where every nostalgic flower child’s favorite car company betrayed the world by cheating on emissions tests, dumping hundreds of thousands of secret pollutants into an already toxic atmosphere, and causing millions in healthcare damages? Hollywood is rumored to be already all over it, but in fact the rumors are wrong. Leonardo DiCaprio is NOT making a movie about the VW affair. Repeat: NOT.
Yes, it's true, Paramount stuido execs have acquired the rights to a book about the VW scandal but that nonfiction book has not even been written yet.
Is Leo DiCaprio already on board to produce, along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran? No. It's just PR hype from the book publisher, the author's agent and Paramount. To attact investors re money. Hollywood uses PR like this to whip up future money people. That's all this is. A trial balloon. Hot air. Don't fall for everything you read from Hollow-wood!
There will never be a movie about this scandal. Sorry, Suzanne. Recheck your sources. Good story and well written, yes, but based on Hwood hype.
Sure, when Grist spoke with film buff and environmental activist Narayana Angulo earlier this summer of 2015, he did bemoan the lack of narrative films about environmental issues. There are plenty of documentaries out there, he said, but not much in the way of feature films. But he had not seen the The ''Cli Fi'' Movie Awards homepage yet for more info at: http://korgw101.blogspot.com
You see, a publisher named Transworld Publishers have pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights to Jack Ewing's hotly-anticipated account of the Volkswagen emissions-fixing scandal. That's all there is to this story. Not a movie story, just a book story, with a film option that is just a tax write off for DiCaprio and not a real offer to make a movie. Read on:
But there is no movie deal. There is no director attavched. no actors attached, no screenwriter attached. THi is how the Hollywood trade papers operate, dealing with whats nd ifs and maybes. 99 percent of these stories lead nowhere. This VW MOVIE will never get made. Might become a documentary but NOT a feature movie.
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