Joel and Ethan Coen have been brought on by 20th Century Fox to write a new draft of an internet thriller based on true events.
While crime writer Dennis Lehane was originally hired to adapt a 2013 Wired article about the dark web black market site Silk Road for film under the same title, it has been announced that the Coens have been brought on to write the latest draft of the newly re-titled Dark Web.
While they're better known as a writing and directing team, the Coens have some notable writing-only credits such as Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies, which was one of this writer's favourites from last year. Also, they've most recently co-written the script for George Clooney's film Suburbicon, which is shooting now ahead of a proposed 2017 release.
The subject matter is certainly ripe for the Coen's particular brand of tragicomic, sardonic writing, and Bridge Of Spies was an extremely deft script in this writer's opinion, so it's fair to say this is some exciting news, even if it's unclear just what kind of angle they'll be taking with it. More material touched by the Coens is always a thing to look forward to.