Given how much news outlets and movie blogs covered the Sony hacking scandal, it isn’t entirely surprising that it will be the subject of a new documentary from Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, the duo who brought us The Square – Netflix’s Emmy winning documentary that centered on the political uprising in Egypt in 2011. The scandal exposed the inner workings of the studio leaking information on productions of films like Annie and Aloha, while also leaking that former Sony Pictures CEO Amy Pascal approached Marvel to share Spider-Man. The hack also revealed Pascal’s very embarrassing e-mails, some of which mocked President Obama.
According to a new report, the documentary won’t focus on the hacks on Sony entirely, instead it will be used as an example to show how cyberattacks have evolved throughout the years. More on the story below.
Per THR, the untitled cyberattack movie will explore the nature of the crime, and its devastating results like Pascal stepping down from her post as CEO. It will also present alternative theories about the hack’s culprit, which includes the popular belief that the attack on Sony was an inside job, and that the Guardians of Peace wasn’t a group or North Korea, but a disgruntled employee. When news of the cyberattack on Sony broke, many had thought that it was North Korea retaliating against the studio for releasing The Interview. Even the FBI and President Obama blamed them for the attack. The country has denied any wrongdoing.
According to the report, Noujaim and Amer were already working on a documentary about cyberattacks before the Sony hacking scandal became news, and because of its magnitude, decided to use that as a reference point for it.
Mike Lerner (Pussy Riot: A Punk’s Prayer) is also producing.
Amer couldn’t go into great detail about her documentary, but she did share her thoughts on the issue:
“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.”
No word yet on who will distribute the documentary or when it will be released.