The rights were purchased by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio to a yet-to-be-written novel concerning the Volkswagen emissions scandal, by having an eye toward producing a movie regarding the company’s effort to deceive regulators, a media report said.
The generation firm Appian Way, which DiCaprio owns, and Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to the publishing job by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing regarding the business philosophy behind the scandal involving diesel emissions by vehicles of the German automaker, EFE reported on Tuesday.
In early September, US regulators revealed that software that hid the accurate emissions put out by VW for years’ diesel engines had been used by it.
VW, which became the largest auto manufacturer in the very first half of this year, acknowledged that it had used a computer system over the past seven years to reveal lesser emissions during testing of its own diesel engines in its biggest markets.
The business is facing a possible fine of as much as $18 billion by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The rights to the book about the scandal were sold to the Norton publishing house at the start of October.
DiCaprio has produced successful movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Runner Runner and Out of the Furnace. He’ll next appear in front of the camera in the most recent film by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant.