Past HUMANITAS prize winner, John Wells, developing Panama Papers movie with Netflix
Netflix is developing a movie about the Panama Papers scandal with John Wells and Claire Rudnick Polstein producing. The streaming giant has acquired the rights to the book “The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the World’s Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money,” written by German journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer.
Obermaier and Obermayer, who write for German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, based their reporting on access from an anonymous whistleblower to 11.5 million documents from the offices of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. The papers provided details on how the wealthy and powerful used the firm to take finances offshore to avoid tax liabilities.
The documents were leaked by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a global group of reporters and publications, which began revealing their findings in April.
Obermaier and Obermayer will work with producers Wells and Rudnick Polstein, and executive producer Zach Studin of John Wells Productions. Marina Walker and Gerard Ryle of the ICIJ — which oversaw more than 400 journalists in 76 countries on the release of the Panama Papers — are also collaborating on the film in an unspecified capacity.
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