We all knew it was coming, but few would have seen it coming about quite so quickly: the film rights to the so-called ‘dieselgate’ scandal have reportedly been snapped up by Hollywood.
It’s been just 25 days since news that a number of diesel-powered Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda models had been fitted with advanced emissions test-cheating software, uncovered by a group of university researchers who had initially set out to demonstrate the advantages of diesel powertrains.
In the weeks since news of the discovery surfaced, ‘dieselgate’ has become the stuff of legends, making it perfect fodder for a blockbuster big-screen drama.
Now, we learn that an upcoming book by Jack Ewing, European economic correspondent for The International New York Times, is expected to form the basis of a film that Entertainment Weekly reports will be produced by actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way.
Apart from its potential to turn a huge profit at the box office, the ‘dieselgate’ controversy is likely a topic of interest to DiCaprio, who is famous for his obsession with alternative-energy transportation.
Details of the book that will inform the film are still to be confirmed, although it has been reported that Ewing will focus on the culture inside the Volkswagen Group and the conditions that led the company to cheat the US EPA emissions tests, affecting 11 million vehicles worldwide.
It is also unclear if DiCaprio will take an on-screen part in the film, although he is unlikely to play a Volkswagen executive or engineer.