His Appian Way will produce with Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures and Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way have acquired a book proposal by Jack Ewing that will detail Volkswagen’s multi-billion dollar Clean Diesel scandal, according to the studio. Earlier this year, it was discovered that the German auto company had been cheating on its emissions reporting.

Ewing, a European economics correspondent, has been covering the scandal for the New York Times since it was uncovered in September. His forthcoming book, which sold to Norton in October for a mid-six figures, will center on the illegal software the German automobile company placed in its cars in order to cheat the stringent EPA emissions standards and the corporate culture at the company that led to these actions.

Volkswagen is currently facing up to $18 billion in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

No actors or directors have been attached to the project yet.

DiCaprio, an avid environmentalist, will produce the film with his producing partner Jennifer Davisson. He can next be seen in Alejandro Inarritu’s wilderness revenge tale, The Revenant, out on Christmas Day.