The Coen Brothers Sign On to Write Movie About Silk Road

first_img Fargo’s Third Episode Is Pointless, but That’s the PointThe Coen Brothers Are Finally Ready to Tackle TV Stay on target Joel and Ethan Coen are known for writing and directing a number of critically-acclaimed films, such as No Country for Old Men and The Big Lebowski, but also for just working on some good screenplays.Twentieth Century Fox has brought on the duo to write the screenplay for The Dark Web, a film about Ross William Ulbricht, the man convicted of running the illegal, online drug marketplace The Silk Road.The Silk Road was only accessible via an anonymous Tor browser and utilized Bitcoin for transactions. Users could also access other illegal contraband, including user information.Before it was shut down by the FBI in 2013, this first version of the Silk Road was run by Ulbricht under the name “Dread Pirate Roberts,” who often wrote libertarian rants under the moniker on the site and raked in $80 million.It’s unclear what aspect of the story the screenplay will focus on, but the investigation into The Silk Road and the eventual arrest of Ulbricht is certainly worthy of a film. According to the FBI, Ulbricht made a lot of rookie mistakes, often leaving breadcrumbs around forums such as his email address (which contained his full name). He was tailed by the FBI and was arrested in a San Francisco library.He is currently serving a life sentence in prison, but maintains his innocence.Of course, because this is the internet, The Silk Road didn’t stay dead. Silk Road 2.0 was shut down in 2014 and numerous individuals were arrested.Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), was originally tapped to write the screenplay, but now the Coens are writing a new draft.last_img

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