Alex Gibney, the celebrated director of documentaries like Going Clear and Zero Days, is going to direct his first narrative feature film. As Deadline reports, Gibney will direct The Action, a film about a group of anti-war activists who leaked classified FBI documents on J. Edgar Hoover's domestic eavesdropping program. The screenplay will be written by Scott Z. Burns, who wrote Contagion and The Bourne Ultimatum. A release date has not been announced.
The story is reportedly inspired by the activist group Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI, which broke into an FBI office in 1971 and stole files detailing Hoover's surveillance of civil rights groups. The identities of the burglars remained unknown until 2014, when they were voluntarily revealed in a book by Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger.
Gibney has established himself as a leading investigative documentarian, tackling subjects ranging from Enron and Scientology to cybercrime and Steve Jobs. His 2007 film Taxi to the Dark Side, about the US military's use of torture after September 11th, won the Oscar for best documentary.