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Gary Oldman-produced ‘Deep Web’ series coming to Spike TV
Drugs! Kidneys! Rocket launchers! Oh my.
When it comes to media, the anonymous Internet is everywhere.
Inspired by Time magazine’s 2013 cover story on Silk Road, Deep Web tells the story of Silicon Valley nerds who become crime lords on the Internet after building an anonymous website where one can buy kidneys, cocaine, and rocket launchers. For the record, two out of three of those items were never available on the real Silk Road, but Hollywood will be Hollywood. (Hint: Cocaine was most definitely available.)
The man in charge of the fictional black market eventually becomes the most wanted man on earth.
Written by Scott Gold (from Under The Dome) and involving big name producers like Gary Oldman, Tony Krantz, and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studio Pictures, Deep Web reportedly came with a very high price tag after aggressive pitching.
Deep Web is just the latest bit of Silk Road in media: A Silk Road documentary, feature film, several books, and even a play are in the works. The anonymizing software Tor played a significant role in the HBO hit House of Cards as well, not to mention endless news coverage on websites that shall remain nameless.
As many of these productions focus on the admittedly sexy and important criminal aspects of the anonymous Internet, one wonders when Tor’s invaluable aid to whistleblowers, abuse victims, journalists, human rights activists, and normal people looking for a little privacy will end up in a script.
Patrick Howell O'Neill is a notable cybersecurity reporter whose work has focused on the dark net, national security, and law enforcement. A former senior writer at the Daily Dot, O'Neill joined CyberScoop in October 2016. I am a cybersecurity journalist at CyberScoop. I cover the security industry, national security and law enforcement.