Dieselgate – Volkswagen scandal to become a movie


Talk about fast, and not even a complete month in at that. The dust that is Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal may still be hanging thickly in the air, but already there’s a book about the topic on the way and, get this, a movie somewhere down the line too.

Entertainment Weekly reports that film rights to a book proposal have already been acquired by Paramount Pictures and Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way. The as-yet-unnamed book will be written by Jack Ewing, an European economics correspondent who has been reporting on the Dieselgate subject for the New York Times since the fiasco came to light last month.

The report adds that the novel, which was sold to US publishing house Norton for a six-figure sum, will delve into the workings of the corporate culture at the German automaker and how it was caught out for having installed illegal “defeat devices” in its diesel-powered cars to help it comply with emissions tests in the US.

Despite stating rectification plans and attempting a swift and relentless resolution to the scandal, the fall-out isn’t expected to abate anytime soon, and the journey towards recovering the brand’s image and reputability in the eyes of consumers is going to be a very long and arduous one. The movie probably won’t help the cause, but such is life.

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  • Movie on DSG Scandal in Malaysia on Oct 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Better also make a movie on how Malaysians suffer with their DSG cars breaking down and how VGM denies denies denies and lies lies lies about the DSG being fine now.

    The movie will be top movie.

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    • VGM Pls Close Shop on Oct 15, 2015 at 10:14 am

      So malu! VGM Pls Close Shop

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      • Segister on Oct 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

        Yawn, another copy paste works. What sort of benefits you can get if vw really close shop? Well, I guess maybe u no need to be shame when driving proton waiting at traffic light at least one of the rival is out to troll you. Please be reminded that, there is many other vehicle is better than you proton. XD

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    • VGM German Penipu Besar on Oct 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Volkswagen malaysia ni.. pelik perangai German nya.
      Biasa German kita kenal.. tinggi intergritinya! Ini German jenis apa ni? penipu.. dan banyak percubaan seleweng fakta.
      Ini menyebabkan orang hilang kepercayaan.

      We all should just boycottt this VGM – since their attitude.. from the DSG issue.. and now the dieselgate issue.., is just the same! All they’re good at is deny.. deny.. deny.. promise but break it, giving false statement – issue DSG is resolved which actually NOT! it’s only merely a workaround not complete solution! still you see people cars being stranded in the middle of the road from DSG breakdown..

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    • Either on Oct 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Not that worse as u said! I see still many vw on the road.

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  • Same L0rrrr on Oct 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    You won’t go wrong with sushi car.

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  • ToyotaMalaysia on Oct 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Our VSC Gate movie coming soon too…

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  • Nahh! Kajang Satay-The Mov’i’e was even better!
    The drama, the action, the characters, especially the plot twist in the end! Nobody saw it coming!

    And nobody expected *spoiler alert* the benevolent dictator aka dear leader AI to backstab then frontstab his loyal left-hand man and twist both knives at the same time! And then, his karma got served when his supposedly loyal right-hand man then backstabs him for personal glory!

    Hollywood’s best can’t hold a candle to this epic.

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    • Sam Loo (ori1) on Oct 15, 2015 at 10:42 am

      bang, pls go back to what you are good at, tidur. Pergi tidur bang

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