It seems like it was only a matter of time before someone made a movie about last year’s Sony email hack. This story has everything you need for a great film: the persecution of beautiful people, racism, struggles against sexism, Channing Tatum yelling stuff, funny names. That’s Oscar gold right there. Unfortunately, this movie will have none of that. (Probably).
Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, the directing team behind the Egyptian revolutionary documentary The Square, were already working on a new film on cyberattacks when the Sony hack— which, not to overstate it or anything, they call “the 9/11 of cyberattacks”— happened. Now Sony will be an entry point for a larger conversation on cyber security. It will also delve into the source of the Sony attack, because apparently there are still people who believe this was the work of North Korea, and not a disgruntled former employee.
[Many] in the cybersecurity community believe that the attack likely was an inside job given that the hackers exhibited intimate knowledge of the architecture of Sony’s servers. Others are skeptical about how an isolated regime could pull off such a sophisticated media campaign (outlets like THR that received direct missives from the hackers appeared to have been carefully targeted). And North Korea has denied culpability. To date, the only group officially to take credit for the attack is the so-called Guardians of Peace, whose identity remains shrouded in mystery.
Okay, so this is clearly an important subject that deserves more probing exposure, and those “fun scandally bits” actually just make most of us feel really icky for looking into the personal emails of strangers and we don’t want any more coverage of those details, but I have to admit… I’d really love that movie about Channing Tatum excitedly yelling stuff.