September 30, 2014
Oliver Stone to write and direct Snowden film
NEW YORK — Oliver Stone will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden, one of two high-profile films in the works about the NSA leaker. Stone announced yesterday that he plans 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 in a statement. He added that making such a film is “a real challenge.”
He will have some deep-pocketed competition. 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. 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. “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.