Steven Soderbergh is hoping to reunite with longtime collaborator Scott Z. Burns to develop a script and potentially explosive film about the Panama Papers revelations.
Having worked with Soderbergh on The Informant, Contagion and Side Effects, Burns is expected to return alongside the director to work on a script adapted from Pulitzer Prize winner Jake Bernstein’s upcoming book Secrecy World. Many will recognise Bernstein’s name for being part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who broke the story in April of last year.
The explosive leak saw over 11 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca make their way to the public eye and revealed the extraordinary extent that many wealthy celebrities, rulers and politicians went to in order to evade taxes or hide various illegal activities. The leak of the now dubbed ‘Panama Papers’ would even lead to the resignation of Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, with new names being revealed to this very day.
As it stands, Soderbergh plans on producing the as-of-yet untitled movie, yet is open to directing. However, in the meantime he is being kept busy filming his current project Lucky Logan, a heist movie starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver.