New series “The Kim Dotcom Story” (6x45’), based on the bestseller “The Secret Life of Kim Dotcom: Spies, Lies and the War for the Internet” by David Fisher, is being developed by ZDF Studios, Boogie Entertainment and co-producers Aristosfilms. Robert Franke, VP Drama at ZDF Studios, and Boogie Entertainment’s Producer and Founder, Rolant Hergert, will act as Executive Producers.
The series will take viewers on a gripping journey through the life of Kim Dotcom and his remarkable transformation from German hacker to groundbreaking entrepreneur. It promises to be an immersive narrative experience that transcends borders and genres. “The Kim Dotcom Story” is currently already in preparation and both casting as well as location scouting at the original locations has already begun.
Kim Dotcom, the visionary mind behind the renowned file-sharing platform MegaUpload, found himself caught in a web of controversy when the US government declared his creation a criminal enterprise. In the face of relentless pursuit by the FBI and CIA, Dotcom's extravagant lifestyle, relentless legal battles and audacious defiance of copyright enforcement made him a symbol of digital resistance to some, and simply a mega-criminal to others.
This series is a thrilling mix of investigative thriller, courtroom drama and a gripping exploration of the darker corners of the internet. "The Kim Dotcom Story" goes beyond the surface to explore themes of privacy, freedom and the profound consequences of challenging government authority. It unfolds as an extraordinary chronicle of a modern-day outlaw who, against all expectations, has become an unlikely hero for the cause of internet freedom.
“In 'The Kim Dotcom Story,' we dive deep into the intriguing gray area that separates legitimate tech innovation from perceived illegitimacy, especially when it comes to the exploitation of copyrighted content. This project is a compelling exploration of the modern digital landscape, where lines blur, and the tech world's true colors are revealed,” Robert Franke said.
“This new series holds particular significance as it is shedding light on Kim Dotcom as an eccentric personality, with a larger-than-life persona, extravagant lifestyle, and his central role in the early days of the internet. His unique blend of entrepreneurship, controversy and online notoriety sets him apart as a truly extraordinary figure in the digital age. A great story, waiting to be told,” Rolant Hergert added.
“The Kim Dotcom Story” is scheduled for completion in 2025. It will be distributed exclusively by ZDF Studios, whose catalogue already includes the soccer drama “The Window” (10x45’), a co-production of Boogie Entertainment with Fuji Television Network and ZDF Studios.