Francis Lawrence to direct film on WWE Wrestler Hulk Hogan vs Gawker media lawsuit

The film will detail the legal battle between the WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan; Gawker Media and its founder, Nick Denton, over a sex tape.

Published: 12th June 2018 05:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2018 07:54 PM   |  A+A-

WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan. (File| AP)

By PTI

LOS ANGELES: "Red Sparrow" director Francis Lawrence has been tapped to direct the film adaptation of the book "Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue".

Oscar-winning scribe Charles Randolph will adapt the Ryan Holiday's novel, which was published in February this year, reported Variety.

The film will detail the legal battle between the WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan; Gawker Media and its founder, Nick Denton, over a sex tape that the online media company published featuring the former WWE star.

The lawsuit resulted in a USD 140 million judgment against Gawker and led to the outlet's subsequent bankruptcy.

It was later revealed that billionaire Thiel secretly funded Hogan's lawsuit out of his personal anger towards Gawker for outing him.

Hogan, Denton and Thiel, will all be characters in the movie and the makers are planning to cast Hollywood A-listers to these roles.

Lawrence will also produce alongside Blackrock Productions' David A Neuman.

"When I read Ryan's extraordinary book I was totally taken with this story, such an exquisitely contemporary tale, and I immediately had a vision for it as a film," said Lawrence.

"It's an important and meaningful story, and one I'm excited to tell," he added.

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