Dennis Lehane to Script Twisted Murder-for-Hire Silk Road Story

By October 17, 2013


While the fallout of the capture of the apparent mastermind behind the illegal “deep web” online bazaar Silk Road hasn’t even fully played out just yet, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are eager to get going on a feature film version of events.

Deadline Hollywood reports that best-selling (and very talented) author Dennis Lehane – he’s written such popular and solid books as “Shutter Island” and “Gone Baby Gone” – is set to adapt an article from Joshua Davis, as originally posted on the Epic website, to tell the story. While Silk Road’s alleged owner and operator, twenty-nine-year-old Ross Ulbricht, was recently snagged by authorities, Lehane is penning a different story about another element of the “hidden Internet” site. (The site has now been shut down.) Turns out, when you’re dealing with a site not known (or accessible) to the vast majority of the public that allows people to buy drugs and put hits out on people, there’s plenty of juicy info to mine.

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Lehane’s film will focus on the true story of yet another young man, a guy who was ultimately arrested for “putting out a hit on the clients of the Silk Road,” which seems like a tall order to kill plenty of people. Intriguing.

Deadline reports that “there was a stampede for the movie rights to this story,” so it’s fair to assume the same thing will happen when it comes to Ulbricht and whatever shakes out with him. With both stories still playing out, it will be interesting to see how Lehane and company approach such wildly current material.

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Kate Erbland
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