Magazine article Variety

Michael Mann Takes on Hacking

Magazine article Variety

Michael Mann Takes on Hacking

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Michael mann's upcoming movie "Blackhat" has been overshadowed so far by intense media attention focused on the Christmas release of the "The Interview," linked to the disastrous Sony computer hack.

But audience awareness of Mann's film, bowing Jan. 16, is beginning to mount amid uncanny timing that recalls the release of the 1979 nuclear drama "The China Syndrome" 12 days before the Three Mile Island meltdown.

The globetrotting cyber thriller, co-produced by Universal Pictures and Legendary, stars Chris Hemsworth as a master hacker who gets furloughed from prison to help hunt for the world's most elusive cybercriminal, who is responsible for crippling attacks on a Chinese nuclear reactor and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Mann suggests it is an eminently plausible scenario, given the number of high-profile former hackers who now work as consultants, including convicted hacker-turned-Wired journalist Kevin Poulsen and Chris McKinley, the mathematician who accessed dating website OkCupid to make his profile more visible. …

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