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Earlier this year, the Panama Papers scandal rocked the world, exposing how the world's wealthiest people and companies avoid paying tax. And now Netflix is making a film about it.

It's bought the rights to a book by Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, the two German journalists who were the only people to deal with the anonymous source who leaked the 11.5 million documents from Panama-based company Mossack Fonseca.

The book is called 'The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money'. It was published by Oneworld Publications at the end of last month, and has become an international bestseller.

The Munich-based duo's investigation led to international outcry, as it was revealed just how easy it is for the world's rich to avoid paying tax. Then prime minister David Cameron was even forced to admit that he had benefitted from a Panama-based offshore trust set up by his late father.

Netflix hasn't announced a title, director or cast for the film yet, but it has confirmed that it will be overseen by John Wells Productions. This is the company run by the eponymous director of 'Burnt', which starred Bradley Cooper as a volatile chef.

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, said in a statement: "We are confident that between the expert investigative work of Obermaier and Obermayer, the only journalists in touch directly with John Doe, the ICIJ [International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] and the master storytelling of John Wells Productions, we will be able to deliver a gripping tale that will deliver the same type of impact as the Panama Papers when they were first revealed on the world's front pages."

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