Digital goes to Hollywood: Apple, Wikileaks and Pirate Bay movies in the works

24/01/2013

After The Social Network turned Facebook’s story into a film, a raft of new movies depicting the exploits of some of digitals biggest names are set to hit the big screen this year.

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Apple, Wikileaks and The Pirate Bay are all the subject of new films coming out in 2013, starting with jOBS, the independent film about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

jOBS will arrive in US cinemas in April, will star Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and is still slated to premiere this month on the closing night of the Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar- winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000.

Another movie based on Steve Job’s life is also in development from Sony Pictures, based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the late tech luminary.

Another tech tales headed to big screens in 2013 is Hollywood's take on WikiLeaks, the anonymous whistleblower website.

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On November 15, Dream Works Studios plans to release The Fifth Estate, the story of Wikileaks and its famous founder Julian Assange.

The “Fifth Estate” starts in the early days of WikiLeaks' founding through to its more infamous periods of high-profile information leaks. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Assange. The film also features Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”), and Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”).

Finally, TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard, is set for release on February 8.

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The film is a Kickstarter-supported documentary about the trial years of the world's largest file-sharing site. The story starts in early 2009 as the Swedish trial against the four founders gets underway. Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrom were ultimately convicted of being accessories to crimes against copyright law.

In true Pirate Bay fashion, the documentary will see its debut at the 63rd international Berlin Film Festival with a simultaneous online free streaming event as well.

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