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Rocky producer to tackle Rebekah Brooks movie

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May 19, 2012 | 5:15am EDT

Brooks quit as CEO of media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News International company in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal last year (11). She had previously edited the defunct title as well as daily newspaper The Sun.

She was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice earlier this week (begs14May12), and now there are plans to turn her meteoric rise to the top of British media and the subsequent demise of her career into a film.

Gene Kirkwood, who produced Sylvester Stallone's hit Rocky, insists he was drawn to Brooks' life story due to its comparison to Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations.

He says, "She's a great story. Her rise is almost like Great Expectations - with a moral. (The film will be) a porthole into Murdoch's world. I see it as a Citizen Kane approach."

The project will start rolling when the phone hacking scandal reaches some sort of conclusion. Kirkwood adds, "As soon as there is an ending, we're going forward. Murdoch might retire - who knows?"

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