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Panama Papers film soon to be on Netflix

Netflix will collaborate with John Wells Productions for the recently announced feature film based on Panama Papers, one of the world’s massive leak of documents.

tv Updated: Jul 27, 2016 10:48 IST
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The ICIJ allegedly exposed a range of personalities from political leaders to filmstars whom a Panama-based company helped to use tax havens to hide their wealth.
The ICIJ allegedly exposed a range of personalities from political leaders to filmstars whom a Panama-based company helped to use tax havens to hide their wealth. (panamapapers.icij.org screengrab)

Netflix will collaborate with John Wells Productions for the recently announced feature film based on Panama Papers, one of the world’s massive leak of documents.

The movie is an adaptation of the book, The Panama Papers, by German investigative journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer.

Read: 500 Indians named in the global list of secret firms in tax havens

Netflix is in talks with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to release the film, said The Hollywood Reporter. “We are confident that between the expert investigative work of Obermaier and Obermayer, the ICIJ, and the master storytelling of John Wells Productions, we will be able to deliver a gripping tale that will deliver the same type of impact as the The Panama Papers when they were first revealed on the world’s front pages,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix.

Read: All you need to know about Panama Papers

While the features’ president of John Wells Productions, Rudnick Polstein, said, “They (Netflix) have an excellent track record of producing top notch filmmaking and together, we are very much looking forward to getting started on shedding light on one of the most compelling news stories in recent memory.”

“It all started with a ‘ping,’ when John Doe contacted us. That relationship and the work that came out of it grew to become the biggest data leak in history, and by far the biggest collaboration of journalists. The world has ever seen; with over 400 journalists ultimately participating in this investigation. We are proud that our newspaper was the starting point for this story which grew to be something monumental,” Variety quoted Obermaier and Obermayer as saying.

More details about the movie are yet to be known.

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