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Coen Brothers to write Dark Web, a Ross Ulbricht-focused thriller

From the team that brought you The Big Lebowski, True Grit, Fargo, and Bridge of Spies comes…a biopic about enigmatic Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht!

Fox has tapped the Coen Brothers to pen a Silk Road-inspired feature, titled Dark Web, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The distinguished fraternal writing duo’s efforts will be based on a brilliant Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman about Ulbricht and Silk Road’s founding. Dennis Lehane, writer of Gone, Baby, Gone, took an initial pass at a script before passing it off to the Coens.

It doesn’t take a veteran critic to see that within the film and T.V. industry, cybercrime is intensely viable at the moment, as epitomized by the success of USA’s Mr. Robot. Ulbricht’s story, which continues to play out in the courtroom as he appeals his life sentence, offers a reservoir of material.

A glance at what the Coen Brothers have on their plate doesn’t reveal much. The pair co-wrote the 2017 George Clooney-directed mystery comedy Suburbicon and most recently wrote and directed the comedy Hail, Caesar! There’s no timeframe presently for Dark Web, and it is not yet clear if the Coens will also direct the film.

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