Kim Dotcom movie in the works - Hollywood Reporter

by Toby Manhire / 10 May, 2012
Not a Dotcom romcom, alas, but a documentary, with a NZ producer. And a biography is in the offing, too.

We know that Kim Dotcom loves movies. And it remains just a matter of time until he appears in a Hollywood biopic.

I’m presently working on a bittersweet romantic comedy in which the internet tycoon falls for the controversial US mother of octuplets Nadya Suleman. Working title: The Kim Dotcom Octomom Romcom.

But in the meantime, a documentary is in the works, as revealed in the Hollywood Reporter.

True to its name, the Reporter reports:

Actor-producer Donovan Leitch and Alex Mardikian, a friend and business associate of Dotcom, told The Hollywood Reporter that they are producing a documentary about Dotcom with the working title of Mega Conspiracy. Marc Levin (Prayer for a Perfect Season) is in talks with the duo to direct the project, though no deal is in place.

It adds:

The documentary would not only explore the Megaupload case but also examine issues of content ownership and the battle for control of the internet. "Kim is part of the story, but we want to tell the whole story," said Leitch, who has met with Dotcom three times since last fall.

A New Zealand film-maker is involved, too. According to the Reporter, Fergus Milner, who seems on the basis of a hasty internet search to work for the company Digital Vision NZ, will co-produce.

The film-makers say they have already shot about 60 hours of interview material, with the German-born entrepreneur and other Mega-employees.

Mardikian says that while the film has not secured distribution, talks are ongoing with a "well-respected group." He said Dotcom would not distribute the film. "That breaks all the rules of it actually being a fair piece," says Mardikian, a Newport Beach, Calif.-based motorcycle and fashion designer who was once COO of Von Dutch Kustom Cycles. "If it is under Kim's direction, it is not a documentary, it is a freaking commercial for Mega. That's what we are avoiding."

The Reporter also notes news of a biography under way.

Separately, journalist Neil Strauss is working on a biography of Dotcom, Mardikian and Leitch said. Strauss traveled with his friend Leitch to New Zealand in October after the actor-producer suggested to Mardikian that Strauss would be "the perfect person" to write a book about Dotcom given his experience writing biographies. ...

Strauss, a former New York Times music writer, has co-written the memoirs of several multifaceted personalities, including porn star Jenna Jameson and rock musicians Marilyn Manson and Dave Navarro.

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