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Oliver Stone to write and direct Edward Snowden film

2014-06-04 04:00

New York  — Oliver Stone will write and direct a film about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, one of two upcoming high-profile films about Snowden.

Stone announced Monday 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 combines one of cinema's most controversial directors with one of the most explosive news events in recent years — one that is ongoing.

In a statement, Stone calls the account of Snowden's leaks that exposed some of the agency's most sensitive operations "one of the greatest stories of our time."

Sony Pictures purchased the big-screen rights last month to Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State.

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