Oliver Stone to Helm Edward Snowden Film

Oliver Stone Edward Snowden Film
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LONDON — Oliver Stone and long-time producing partner Moritz Borman have nabbed the rights to “The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” written by journalist Luke Harding.

Stone will pen and helm the film, drawing from Harding’s account of events surrounding the Guardian newspaper’s reporting of the disclosures provided by Edward Snowden.

Stone has started to write the screenplay and Borman is fast-tracking it as a European co-production to start filming before the end of the year.

The book was described by the New York Times as “a fast-paced, almost novelistic narrative that is part bildungsroman and part cinematic thriller.”

Stone said: “This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge. I’m glad to have the Guardian working with us.”

Guardian editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, said: “The story of Edward Snowden is truly extraordinary, and the unprecedented revelations he brought to light have forever transformed our understanding of, and relationship with, government and technology. We’re delighted to be working with Oliver Stone and Moritz Borman on the film.”

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  1. tlsnyder42 says:

    Glenn Greenwald asked Snowden no hard questions whatsoever during the documentary “Citizenfour” about their first meetings/interviews. For example, Snowden admits he also had access to many top secret CIA documents when he worked as a technocrat for them before he worked under contract with the NSA. Yet, he flees to China, then Russia and later carries Putin’s water for him in one press conference later? Another reminder: Greenwald has spoken three times before conferences of the International Socialists Organization, a radical Marxist group that’s rabidly Anti-American and anti-capitalist. The press investigates the heck out of the NSA scandals, yet leaves the IRS scandal alone? The IRS had too much power to poke into your private life long before the NSA ever did, but the media leaves them alone because the media loves the confiscation of our money for health, education and welfare programs run by overpaid bureaucrats and corrupt pols like Barack Obama. Fighting evil Muslim terrorists is less of a concern for the media.

  2. Ron says:

    I can’t imagine a better fit. Stone is the perfect filmmaker to handle such an important story.

  3. harry georgatos says:

    With Stone writing and directing the Snowden story will be that much more honest then the Right-wing biased of that horrid THE FIFTH ESTATE hatchet job by Dreamworks and Disney. The Snowden story should be a tight fast paced conspiratorial thriller globetrotting around the world with a high level of paranoia. Hopefully the Snowden story will reach the great heights of Stone’s JFK. My fingers are crossed.

  4. Stone helping a film on Snowden? No surprise here, only that it took this long to announce it.

  5. Glenn C. says:

    Sounds great. Oliver is the right man for this.

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