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The great “privacy” or “freedom of speech” debate that played out during the Hulk Hogan Gawker lawsuit may be getting a feature film adaptation. Or at least a limited TV series.
It was a scandal that rocked the journalism and wrestling worlds — two communities who don’t usually overlap.
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In 2012, Gawker published extracts from a sex tape between Hogan and Heather Clem, the wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge. Hogan brought Gawker Media to court in 2016, winning $140 million in damages. The steep damages sent Gawker spiraling into bankruptcy, and the website was quickly shuttered.
Ryan Holiday wrote a book about the entire case — which was revealed to be bankrolled by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. Thiel was outed as gay by Gawker in 2007. Now the book, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue has been optioned by producer David A. Neuman, Variety reports.
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Neuman intends to adapt Conspiracy as a feature film or a limited TV series. In a statement announcing the rights acquisition, he said:
“Conspiracy clearly has the big, compelling story and character elements to make an Oscar-contending film, in the vein of a Social Network or Big Short.”
But he also set his sights a little lower, also...
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