Like a moth to the flame, Oliver Stone never met a politically-tinged story he wasn’t drawn to. The JFK and World Trade Center director has signed on to bring the controversial story of National Security whistleblower Edward Snowden to the big screen.
According to The Guardian, Stone will be adapting the film as a thriller from The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man– which was written by the outlet’s very own Luke Harding. “This is one of the greatest stories of our time,” the director said in a statement. “A real challenge. I’m glad to have the Guardian working with us.” Indeed, it is a boon to the production to have The Guardian’s participation, since they’re the ones that broke the original story. Snowden was a contractor of the the US’s National Security Agency who leaked thousands of documents that caused a global uproar over the government’s intrusive, covert surveillance tactics. “To me, Snowden is a hero,” Stone was quoted as saying a few months back. “He revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the fourth amendment.“
“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,” said Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger. “We’re delighted to be working with Oliver Stone and Moritz Borman on the film.“
Stone is no stranger to timely, political tales. Aside from the aforementioned films, he’s also given us W, Platoon, and made documentaries about Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. Seems like a match made in movie heaven, doesn’t it?