Probably one of the defining moments for the film industry in 2014 was the infamous Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that led the leaking of countless confidential emails from the top executives. The hack led to the revelation of talks between Sony and Marvel, the leaking of the script for the upcoming James Bond flick, Spectre, and the stepping down of Amy Pascal as co-chairman. It was a big event, one that went on to damage the reputation of the corporation.
While this hack was widely publicized late last year, it doesn’t quite seem like prime content to be mined for a film — at least, not in narrative form. According to the Hollywood Reporter, documentarians Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, who created the Netflix film The Square(A film documenting the 2011 Egyptian Revolution), are hard at work on a new documentary that chronicles this game-changing event. One of the filmmakers, Karim Amer, opened up about hack’s importance.
“The Sony story is an important chapter in this larger issue… The analysts and experts we speak to see it as the 9/11 of cyberattacks, and the implications will be felt for years to come.”
The Sony hack had repercussions that were international scope, with North Korea was generally blamed for the hack, though they deny any involvement. Many believed the impending release of The Interview— a film about the assassination of dictator Kim Jong-Un — to be the catalyst for this cyberattack, but no real evidence has been found. North Korea isn’t the only potential culprit in this case. Some also believe the hack to be an inside job, but given how little we know about it, there are a number of organizations who could have been responsible. The documentary will help shed light on these other possibilities.
“Sources say director Noujaim and producer Amer will put forth alternative theories about the hack’s culprit.”
While the film will definitely center around the Sony hack, it won’t, by any means, be restricted to the single event. The movie will use the hack as a gateway to discussion about cyber aggression as a whole, which is a phenomenon that’s becoming more and more relevant. As we saw with the Sony hack, even the smallest of leaks has the potential to topple, or at the very least nudge, an entire corporation. No doubt other studios will keep this in mind when designing their security protocols in the future.
The documentary has no set release as of yet. What do you think? Will you be interested in seeing a film chronicling the Sony hack? Who do you think was responsible for perhaps the most damaging PR event in Sony history? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments down below!