Steven Soderbergh is making a movie about the infamous Panama Papers, TheWrap has confirmed.
The filmmaker is producing the feature along with Lawrence Grey of Grey Matter Productions and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content.
Soderbergh is also considering directing the film. Scott Z. Burns, who has worked on Soderbergh films “Contagion,” “The Informant!” and “Side Effects” will write the screenplay.
Based on investigative reporter Jake Bernstein’s upcoming book “The Secrecy World,” the film will follow how the journalist helped unearthed an unprecedented 11.5 million files that linked some of the world’s most powerful figures to offshore bank accounts and shell companies used to hide wealth and avoid taxes.
Among those named in the documents unearthed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, were close associates of Russian president Vladimir Putin, the father of British Prime Minister David Cameron, relatives of China’s president Xi Jinping and soccer player Lionel Messi.
Bernstein’s book is said to contain new, revelatory facts about findings in the documents that link royalty and political leaders to corrupt financial practices.