Well that was fast. Not even one month since news broke about Volkswagen’s so-called “dieselgate” emissions scandal, word is out that already preparations are under way to turn this real-life corporate drama into a big budget Hollywood drama.
Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film is said to be based on a forthcoming book chronicling the debacle. Considering Leo’s success shining light onto the dark world of corporate betrayal in Wolf of Wall Street, tackling the VW scandal seems a good fit, even if we don’t get to see Leo in a starring role — after all, he certainly doesn’t physically resemble any of the German company’s executive team.
Even more apropos is Leo’s famously outspoken stance on all things inable energy and our need to combat climate change. According to a recent Autoblog article, he apparently inspired the (ill-fated) Fisker Karma, and even helped to build a Formula E racing team. (Never mind that he was apparently one of the first notable Hollywood celebs to own a Toyota Prius.)
No word yet on any slated release date, but some time in 2017 seems likely.