Hollywood star Leonardo Dicaprio is said to have purchased the rights of a yet-to-be written book about the Volkswagen emissions scandal. The reason for this is he plans to produce a film about the firm’s attempts to deceive regulators.
The rights were acquired by DiCaprio’s production house Appian Way and Paramount Pictures. They happened to acquire it from the publishing project by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing about the business philosophy behind the scandal involving diesel emissions by vehicles of the German automaker.
In early September, US regulators revealed that VW for years had used software that hid the true emissions put out by its diesel engines.
VW acknowledged that it had used a computer system over the past seven years to show lesser emissions during testing of its diesel engines in its biggest markets.
The firm is facing a potential fine of up to $18 billion by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The rights to the book about the scandal, about which details are still being uncovered, were sold at the beginning of October to the Norton publishing house for several million dollars.
The book will investigate the philosophy of “more, faster and better” behind the scandal.
DiCaprio has produced successful films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Runner Runner and Out of the Furnace.
He will next appear in front of the camera in the latest film by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, The Revenant.