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The Coen Brothers to Pen Illegal Drug Market Thriller ‘Dark Web’

The film is based on the true story of Ross William Ulbricht, creator of the online illegal-drug marketplace called The Silk Road.

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The Coen Brothers have found their next thriller to pen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has enlisted Joel and Ethan Coen to write a new screenplay for their film “Dark Web,” formerly titled “Silk Road.”

Based on the two-part Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, the project centers on the true story of Ross William Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts, who created the online illegal-drug marketplace called The Silk Road. Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 and is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling narcotics and money laundering.

The film was initially set up in 2013, with author Dennis Lehane writing the first draft of the movie.

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The project is being produced by Peter Chernin, Chernin Entertainment’s Jenno Topping, Joshua Davis and Bearman. At this moment it’s unknown if the Coen brothers will direct the feature or if they will solely pen the script.

The duo last wrote and directed “Hail, Caesar!” and wrote the upcoming George Clooney-directed film “Suburbicon,” set to be released next year. They are known to take on scripts for movies that they’re not directing like “Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken.” The pair have previously won Academy Awards for their films “No Country for Old Men” and “Fargo.”

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