Edward Snowden to get Oliver Stone touch

2014-06-03 13:07

New York – Oliver Stone will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden.

The project is one of two high-profile films in the works about the National Security Agency (NSA) leaker.

Stone announced on Monday that he planned to adapt The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. The project pairs one of cinema’s most controversial directors with one of the most explosive news events in recent years – one that is ongoing.

“This is one of the greatest stories of our time,” Stone said. He added that making such a film was “a real challenge”.

Stone will have some deep-pocketed competition. Sony Pictures last month bought the big-screen rights to Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State. The film is being produced by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

Stone has advocated for the former NSA contract systems analyst. Snowden is living in Russia on a temporary grant of asylum after leaking massive amounts of NSA documents to the media.

“To me Snowden is a hero because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment,” Stone said in a press conference at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

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