Filmmaker Oliver Stone is set to write and direct a movie about U.S. 'whistleblower' Edward Snowden.
The former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee is currently living in Russia after confessing to leaking confidential information on mass surveillance operations undertaken by the U.S. and U.K. government officials on their own citizens.
He has been charged with committing espionage against America, but the Platoon director considers him a "hero" and has purchased the rights to Guardian journalist Luke Harding's book, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man.
He plans to begin production on an adaptation later this year (14).
Stone says, "This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge."
Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger adds, "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."
This isn't the only Snowden film in development - James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is working on a movie about the 30 year old, based on journalist Glenn Greenwald's book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the N.S.A. and the U.S. Surveillance State.