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article imageOliver Stone to direct new movie on Edward Snowden

By Scott Tuttle     Jun 3, 2014 in Entertainment
Edward Snowden has dominated the front page of nearly every news source for a year now. It was just a matter of time before a heavy-hitting filmmaker seized the opportunity to immortalize the controversial whistle blower on screen.
Oliver Stone, who is well-known for his documentary-style filmmaking, has reportedly accepted the challenge.
Stone, 67, is in fact no stranger to this genre, as he has also tackled the Kennedy assassination, the Watergate scandal, the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and the Bush administration's infamous "war on terror," among many other controversies in such films as JFK, Nixon, World Trade Center, and W.
The film is set to reveal the events leading up to Snowden's decision to publicly reveal the NSA's unpopular activities and to leak thousands of classified documents to the Guardian while he was still working as a contractor for the U.S. government.
“This is one of the greatest stories of our time,” said Stone. “A real challenge."
Stone will team up with long-time collaborator Moritz Borman, who is scheduled to produce the film, and a number of journalists from the Guardian who will work with Stone as consultants.
The movie will mostly be based on the book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding.
“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 the Guardian's editor-in-chielf Alan Rusbridger. "We’re delighted to be working with Oliver Stone and Moritz Borman on the film.”
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