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Wolf of Wolfsburg? Leonardo DiCaprio Plans Movie on VW Scandal

Leonardo DiCaprio is keen to take the drama unfolding around Volkswagen's emissions scandal to the silver screen, according to media reports.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Films Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" on the streets of Manhattan in 2012. Aby Baker / Getty Images

DiCaprio's production company Appian Way and Paramount Pictures have acquired rights to a book proposal by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing. The book will focus on how a "more, better, faster" philosophy fueled one of the greatest scams in corporate history, according to thee Hollywood Reporter.

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Volkswagen, which achieved a long-time ambition in the first half of the year when it overtook Toyota as the world's the biggest car maker by sales, has been reeling since its admission in September that it cheated on U.S. tests of emissions on its diesel vehicles.

Volkswagen's newly appointed chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch has warned that VW faced "an existence-threatening crisis."

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There was plenty of social media interest in the film, which DiCaprio will reportedly co-produce, on Tuesday.

CNBC's Dhara Ranasinghe contributed to this article.