By Ray Pride


Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2018) – Noted filmmaker Francis Lawrence (The Hunger GamesRed Sparrow) and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Big Short) are attached to the project, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, it was announced today by David A. Neuman, CEO and partner of Blackrock Productions, Inc. Lawrence will direct the film, and also produce along with Neuman.  Charles Randolph will write the screenplay, adapted from the widely acclaimed book written by Ryan Holiday.

The project will be done as a feature film, targeting an A-list cast to play the story’s unique and iconic principals, Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan and Nick Denton.

Francis Lawrence states, “When I read Ryan’s extraordinary book I was totally taken with this story, such an exquisitely contemporary tale, and I immediately had a vision for it as a film.  It’s an important and meaningful story, and one I’m excited to tell.  I’m thrilled to come aboard and to work with this team. ”

On signing onto this project Randolph stated, “Ryan Holiday’s book and the story it tells are rare gifts for a screenwriter. These are such larger-than-life characters – strange, new volatile forces in society – and their conflict matters.”

Neuman states, “Not only is Francis a gifted director, but he’s a master of turning a great book into a great movie.  I’ve seen that in action already, as he brought the extraordinary talent of Charles Randolph to the project.  We’ve got our dream team, and I’m thrilled.”

Published in February 2018, “Conspiracy” outlines the tempestuous legal battle between the pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea), Gawker Media and its founder Nick Denton, and Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel. Thiel, himself aggrieved by Gawker, secretly funded Hogan’s successful lawsuit and triumphant win against the publishing group over their publication of a sex tape involving Hogan.

The suit, which resulted in a $140 million judgment against Gawker and led to Gawker’s subsequent bankruptcy, has also set legal precedent involving privacy and the media. The book is the definitive telling of this unique story, which despite reams of media coverage over the last six years, managed to shed new light on an incredible conspiracy that shocked the world.  Holiday’s book is also the only version of which had the on-the-record cooperation and participation of all of the principals, including Thiel, Denton, Hogan, A.J. Daulerio, and Charles Harder.

Lawrence recently signed as executive producer and will direct the pilot “See” for Apple TV and Chernin Entertainment; he is also in development on the reboot of Battlestar Galactica for Universal. His most recent film Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence, released in March. He is represented by CAA and managed by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Erwin Stoff; attorney is Gretchen Rush at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman.

Randolph, who received numerous awards, including the Oscar®, for best adapted screenplay in 2016 for The Big Short with co-writer Adam McKay, is currently in pre-production on the Untitled Megyn Kelly Project and is also noted for penning The Life of David Gale and Love & Other Drugs. Charles Randolph is represented by CAA and Craig Emanuel at Paul Hastings LLP.


About Blackrock Productions, Inc.

Founded by David Neuman, the company focuses on developing, financing, and producing content for all media platforms. Prior to forming Blackrock, Neuman was President of Programming at Current TV, Chief Programming Officer at CNN, President of Walt Disney Television, President of Programming at Channel One and began his career as a programming executive at NBC.  He is represented by Jim Jackoway of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum.

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