Joel and Ethan Coen, the team behind The Big Lebowski, Fargo and No Country for Old Men have signed on to write “Dark Web”, an internet thriller based on the true story of the online black market which featured in Mr Robot Season Two.
Prison Warden Ray Heyworth forced Elliot to fix bugs so he could continue raking in money from his dark web clone. His own “Midland City” dealt in everything from sex slaves to drugs and rocket launchers, but our boy Elliot was having none of it and informed the FBI. Way to go, Elliot!
Formerly titled “Silk Road”, the movie will concentrate on the chase for the darknet market’s founder, Dread Pirate Roberts, also known as Ross William Ulbricht. It will tell how the then 29-year-old went from used bookseller to murderous kingpin by building a global drug bazaar. He thought using Tor would hide him forever, but seemed to get cocky…
On the right side of the law is FBI Special Agent Chris Tarbell – the “Elliot Ness of Cybercrime” who infiltrated both the Dark Web and Anonymous.
The “Dark Web” script is based on Joshuah Bearman’s two-part, 2015 article for Wired magazine called “The Untold Story of Silk Road” which you can read here.
If the name Joshuah Bearman sounds familiar, it’s because he’s made a living out of knowing where to find a bloody good story! His 2007 article for Wired was adapted into Ben Affleck’s movie Argo (a truly great movie) his 2008 article is being adapted for an Amazon comedy pilot “The Legend of Master Legend” and he co-produced The King of Kong – geek-heaven!
With The Coen Brothers penning the script, maybe Ross William Ulbricht can become as memorable a character as Walter Sobchak, Marge Gunderson, Jerry Lundegaard, Barton Fink and Ulysses Everett McGill and go down in film folklore as a hero as big as The Dude himself!
The only film character (apart from maybe The Jedi) who has his own religion!
Mr Robot Hacks only hopes that Twentieth Century Fox finds a director worthy of transferring the Coen’s words onto celluloid.
Hmmm… Sam Esmail, anyone?
“Dark Web” will hit movie theaters in 2018-ish.