By Kaeli Van Cott
The Volkswagen scandal, which has dominating news headlines for the last few weeks, will hit the big screen thanks to Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.
The film is being developed based on a book proposal about the German car company by Jack Ewing. Appian Way acquired rights to the proposal, and are moving forward with the film.
The proposal takes a look into Volkswagen’s need for productivity and how it led them to adjust the safety of their vehicles. Volkswagen programmed their diesel cars to pass U.S. standards emissions only during testing; the actual emissions of their cars were up to 40 times higher on the road. The exposure of the scandal led to CEO Martin Winterkorn’s resignation.
Ewing’s book, which currently is untitled, received a book deal with Norton in early October. DiCaprio and Orphan and The Revenant producer Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce the film.
Further details about the film and book have not been released.