Oscar-winning writers Joel and Ethan Coen are signing in to work on the upcoming labyrinth thriller DARK WEB for Fox. The film is based on two-part article out of Wired by Joshuah Bearman, with author Dennis Lehane taking the first crack at the screenplay before the Coens were brought on.
Originally published in 2015, the articles detail the story of Ross William Ulbricht, who went by the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts online. Ulbricht developed “The Silk Road,” an illegal online marketplace for drugs and was arrested in 2013. He was charged with money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, and contract killing, although the last one was taken off the indictment. He’s now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Given the Coens’ experience with dark subjects and twisted plots, the film fits well into their repertoire.
Peter Chernin is producing with his Chernin Entertainment banner, alongside Jenno Topping and Bearman.
The Coens most recently wrote and directed the film Hail, Caesar! and they currently executive produce the FX series Fargo, based on their movie of the same name, for which they won an Oscar for Screenwriting. They also won Best Picture, directing, and writing for No Country for Old Men.
They are repped by UTA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.