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Relativity Media Options Junger's Vanity Fair Article 'Blood Oil'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 13, 2012 at 5:37PM

Relativity Media has optioned the rights to Sebastian Junger's 2007 Vanity Fair article "Blood Oil," an account of the Niger Delta oil saboteurs and how the militants may have sparked a U.S. recession by playing havoc on world oil prices.
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Sebastian Junger
Sebastian Junger

Relativity Media has optioned the rights to Sebastian Junger's 2007 Vanity Fair article "Blood Oil," an account of the Niger Delta oil saboteurs and how the militants may have sparked a U.S. recession by playing havoc on world oil prices.

This isn't journalist Junger's first time in film. He co-directed the 2010 Oscar-nominated doc "Restrepo" with the late journalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed in an attack last year while covering the Libyan civil war. Junger's book "A Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea" was made into a film of (almost) the same title starring George Clooney in 2000.

For "Blood Oil," Junger spent a period of time in Nigeria, the fifth largest supplier of oil to the U.S., researching four decades worth of corruption.

This article is related to: News, Relativity Media, Sebastian Junger


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.