Oliver Stone directing Edward Snowden. Director Oliver Stone will be taking on the task of crafting a biographic film based on the life and exploits of NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden. Oliver Stone has a long history with bio-pics and has been outspoken about his support for what Snowden has done. “To me, Snowden is a hero,” Stone said in July of last year. “He revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the fourth amendment.”
On the film:
Stone’s thriller will focus on the experiences of the American whistleblower Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency who leaked thousands of classified documents to the former Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald back in June 2013. The film is to be produced by Stone’s regular business partner Moritz Borman, with Harding and other Guardian journalists serving as production and story consultants.
On the film’s production:
Conceived as a European co-production, the film is due to start shooting before the end of 2014.
On the book the film is based on (The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man):
Published earlier this year, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man charts the political awakening of the twentysomething Snowden, a committed Republican who found his libertarian values increasingly at odds with his government’s surveillance programme.
The book’s synopsis:
IT BEGAN WITH A TANTALIZING, ANONYMOUS EMAIL: “I AM A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.”
What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy.
In a tour de force of investigative journalism that reads like a spy novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s astonishing story—from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow. For the first time, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story—touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector—while also placing us in the room with Edward Snowden himself. The result is a gripping insider narrative—and a necessary and timely account of what is at stake for all of us in the new digital age.
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