Pony Up Some Subscription Money From Your Offshore Account: Netflix Is Developing Its Own Panama Papers Movie

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What's the fun of making one paranoid international conspiracy thriller when you can make two paranoid international conspiracy thrillers? After the news broke earlier this month that Steven Soderbergh is going to direct a movie about the Panama Papers leak, Netflix has announced plans for a Panama Papers film of its own. This movie, from producer John Wells, is based on the book Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the World’s Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money by Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, the two German journalists who broke the story of the massive data leak. The two films will have to compete to find new angles on the investigation, and also to cast some of the major names that were implicated in the leaks, like Emma Watson, for instance. Please let there be twin Watsons, if only so that we have a new version of the two Capotes in Infamous and Capote, or the two asteroids in Armageddon and Deep Impact.