Sony hack movie in the works from Oscar-nominated team (exclusive)

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The first film to address the Sony Pictures hack is in the works, from the team behind 2013's Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary The Square from Netflix. Spouses Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer quietly are working on a documentary that explores the cyberattack, whose twists and turns captivated Hollywood late last year, culminating with Sony's Amy Pascal stepping down from the co-chairman post under CEO Michael Lynton in February.

The untitled film is expected to drop new bombshells. Sources say director Noujaim and producer Amer will put forth alternative theories about the hack's culprit. (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer's Mike Lerner also is producing.) After the breach was detected Nov. 24, focus immediately shifted to North Korea, which had expressed outrage over The Interview. On Dec. 19, the FBI and President Obama fingered the rogue nation as the perpetrator.

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Actors James Franco (L) and Seth Rogen arrive for the premiere of the film 'The Interview' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. The film, starring US actors Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, played by Randall Park. North Korea has vowed 'merciless retaliation' against what it calls a 'wanton act of terror' -- although it has denied involvement in a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Director David Ayer, actors Michael Pena, Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman attend the press conference for 'Fury' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at The Corinthia Hotel on October 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Brad Pitt attends the closing night European Premiere gala red carpet arrivals for 'Fury' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
Washington, DC, USA. 15th Oct, 2014. Actor Brad Pitt poses with soldiers at the world premiere of "The Fury" at the Newseum on October 15, 2014 in Washington DC. © Debby Wong/Alamy Live News
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 20: Quvenzhane Wallis, actress from the movie 'Annie' attends a Turnaround Arts New Orleans Event at ReNew Cultural Arts Academy on November 20, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images for Columbia Pictures)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1911' - The night continued by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show 'Annie,' coming to movie theaters December 19th. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, as Annie, talented young dancers joined her to perform a dance to 'It's The Hard-Knock Life,' choreographed by Mandy Moore, in the two-part finale, beginning MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1911' - The night continued by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show 'Annie,' coming to movie theaters December 19th. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, as Annie, talented young dancers joined her to perform a dance to 'It's The Hard-Knock Life,' choreographed by Mandy Moore, in the two-part finale, beginning MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1911' - The night continued by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show 'Annie,' coming to movie theaters December 19th. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, as Annie, talented young dancers joined her to perform a dance to 'It's The Hard-Knock Life,' choreographed by Mandy Moore, in the two-part finale, beginning MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1911' - The night continued by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show 'Annie,' coming to movie theaters December 19th. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, as Annie, talented young dancers joined her to perform a dance to 'It's The Hard-Knock Life,' choreographed by Mandy Moore, in the two-part finale, beginning MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1911' - The night continued by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show 'Annie,' coming to movie theaters December 19th. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, as Annie, talented young dancers joined her to perform a dance to 'It's The Hard-Knock Life,' choreographed by Mandy Moore, in the two-part finale, beginning MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1911' - The night continued by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show 'Annie,' coming to movie theaters December 19th. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, as Annie, talented young dancers joined her to perform a dance to 'It's The Hard-Knock Life,' choreographed by Mandy Moore, in the two-part finale, beginning MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 20: Quvenzhane Wallis, actress from the movie 'Annie' attends a Turnaround Arts New Orleans Event at ReNew Cultural Arts Academy on November 20, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images for Columbia Pictures)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 20: Quvenzhane Wallis, actress from the movie 'Annie' attends a Turnaround Arts New Orleans Event at ReNew Cultural Arts Academy on November 20, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images for Columbia Pictures)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Actor Timothy Spall poses with his Best Actor award for his role in the film 'Mr. Turner' as he attends the Palme D'Or Winners photocall during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Actor Timothy Spall, winner of the Best Actor award for his role in the film 'Mr. Turner', attends the Palme D'Or Winners photocall during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Julianne Moore arrives at AFI FEST 2014 Presented By Audi 'Still Alice' Premiere at Dolby Theatre on November 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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But many in the cybersecurity community believe that the attack likely was an inside job given that the hackers exhibited intimate knowledge of the architecture of Sony's servers. Others are skeptical about how an isolated regime could pull off such a sophisticated media campaign (outlets like THR that received direct missives from the hackers appeared to have been carefully targeted). And North Korea has denied culpability. To date, the only group officially to take credit for the attack is the so-called Guardians of Peace, whose identity remains shrouded in mystery.

Amer and Noujaim, whose The Square chronicled the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and won three Emmys, already were working on a doc about international cyberattacks when the Sony story began unfolding, and they decided to use that hack -; one of the largest and most damaging in corporate history -; as an entry point for a broader look at the phenomenon of cyber aggression. But sources say that when John Sloss, whose Cinetic Media repped The Square at Sundance two years ago, approached several power brokers entangled in the hack about speaking on camera, he repeatedly was rebuffed.

"The Sony story is an important chapter in this larger issue," says Amer, who declined to discuss any roadblocks encountered or the film's narrative specifics. "The analysts and experts we speak to see it as the 9/11 of cyberattacks, and the implications will be felt for years to come."

A version of this story first appeared in the June 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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