Shalom Life | June 06, 2014

Oliver Stone to Direct Film About NSA Whistleblower

Stone will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden based on a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding

By: Peter Herriman

Published: June 4th, 2014 in Culture » Film » News

Oliver Stone has revealed that he will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden, one of two high-profile films in the works about the National Security Agency leaker.

Stone announced these intentions on Monday where he intends on adapting The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. This project puts two of the most controversial people in the most recent times together in one movie idea.

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

In other Snowden news, Sony Pictures last month purchased the big-screen rights to Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State. James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are producing the film.

Stone stated in a press conference at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic that, “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 has advocated for the former NSA contract systems analyst who leaked massive amounts of official NSA documents to the media.

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