Did Assange kill WikiLeaks movie?

October 23, 2013

By Roxanne Roberts in The Washington Post

So, that Julian Assange movie is officially a flop. The Internet is abuzz with theories about why The Fifth Estate bombed at the box office, bringing in a minuscule $1.7 million on opening weekend. Maybe no one cares about WikiLeaks, or Benedict Cumberbatch-as-Assange can’t carry a movie. The most-posed theory: The real-life Julian Assange’s attempted takedown could have been the deciding factor. A look at how the WikiLeaks founder launched his own personal anti-Fifth Estate campaign this month:

Oct. 10: Assange writes a long open letter to Cumberbatch: “I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film,” and adds that the movie is riddled with errors.Unknown-1

Oct. 13: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Assange tells the Hollywood Foreign Press Association the movie is “doomed to fail because its anti-WikiLeaks stance doesn’t give moviegoers the kind of underdog story they want.”

Oct. 20: WikiLeaks releases its own version of events, posting a free download of the documentary Mediastan as competition, the Hollywood Reporter says.

No gloating reaction yet from Assange.

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