Oliver Stone to Direct Edward Snowden Movie, Obviously

     June 2, 2014


Never one to shy away from controversy, it appears that Oliver Stone will be the filmmaker to bring the inevitable feature film portrayal of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to fruition.  The European co-production is based on Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files, which recounts how the young computer professional breached the National Security Agency to leak evidence of America’s global surveillance.  The Guardian reports that Stone hopes to begin production by the end of this year, as a rival Edward Snowden film is in the works based on the book No Place to Hide.  Harding and other Guardian journalists will be consulting on Stone’s film.

Stone has never been afraid of delving into politically charged material, though it has made for mixed results.  JFK and Platoon are fantastic, while films like W. and Alexander fell short of their promise.  Stone’s recent output hasn’t been stellar, but whatever he cooks up with The Snowden Files is sure to be provocative.  Read the synopsis for the book after the jump.

the-snowden-files-book-coverHere’s the synopsis for Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files:

It began with an unsigned email: “I am a senior member of the intelligence community”.

What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. The consequences have shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, from Obama to Cameron, to the presidents of Brazil, France, and Indonesia, and the chancellor of Germany.

Edward Snowden, a young computer genius working for America’s National Security Agency, blew the whistle on the way this powerful organisation uses new technology to spy on the entire planet. The spies call it “mastering the internet”. Others call it the death of individual privacy.

This is the inside story of Snowden’s deeds and the journalists who faced down the pressure from US and British governments to break a remarkable scoop.

Snowden’s story reads like a globe-trotting thriller, from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend on the island of Hawaii carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, and his battle for asylum. Now stuck in Moscow, a uniquely hunted man, he faces US espionage charges and an uncertain future in exile.

What drove Snowden to sacrifice himself? Award-winning Guardian journalist Luke Harding answers the question which should trouble every citizen of the internet age. [Amazon]

  • Marissa Evans

    Here’s hoping it’s better and truer to Snowden than ‘Fifth Estate’ was to Assange (or at the very least have the guy’s approval). They’re off to a good start with their choice of director, I’d say.

    • The Flobbit

      I really liked that movie. I thought the acting was great, the visuals were stunning, and the themes were thought-provoking. But I do hope they get his approval so we can avoid another passive agressive spat.

  • The Flobbit

    Idris Elba for Snowden.

    • Person

      If Bradley Cooper got skinny I could potentially see him doing this. Or even Daniel Radcliffe.

  • Faptain America

    hahahaha great article title. And of course, Benedict Cumberbatch for Snowden.

  • Faptain America

    Snowdens vs. Assange: Requiem?

    • The Flobbit

      Assange and Snowden: The Leaking 2

  • Cedhollywood

    I always enjoy being mesmerized by Stone’s films. But he really wasn’t on his A game when it came to W. He either held back or was just playing it too straight compared to Nixon or even JFK. I hope for the Snowden film we see the Stone version of taking major liberties with conspiracies and theories with the actual truth. Because this is a movie not a historical documentary. Big difference.

  • stamp out stoners

    oh great, another disinformational Stone historical movie.

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  • mattinacan

    wow Snowden deserves the inside of a jail cell, not a movie, what a shame.

    • Guest

      Considering no US or Afghanistan informants lives were put at risk (confirmed by external and internal US military reports) why do you view him as a criminal? He revealed valuable information about what OUR/YOUR military is doing with OUR/YOUR tax dollars. I would think most people would care about that. What if politicians could spend your tax money on any program, in any way they wanted and you were not allowed to know about it?? Would you agree with that?

      Obviously there are covert military ops that need secrecy, but that is not the content of these files – they just embarrassed a few high ranking officials and revealed some gruesome truths abut civilian casualties.

      For what it’s worth, I am well versed in covert CIA and Military operations. This comment does not come from any sense of naiveté or the urgent need to kill extremists who actively plot to kill Westerners – something liberals always seem to downplay, unfortunately (Obama’s been pretty consistent with the drone strikes however).

  • Frank

    Whenever I read a statement from Snowden, I like to pretend that he sounds like Gilbert Godfried.

    If you want me to see this movie Stone, you know what do.

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  • rhizomeman

    He is the perfect director for this movie.

  • Jamesy

    Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe or Andrew Garfield for Snowden. And please none of this, oh but they’re Brits, who cares. They each look similar to Snowden, and more so if make up etc is involved and could each pull it off.

    • Person

      Please no Andrew Garfield, I don’t wanna see a whiny sniffle-fest about Edward Snowden. I’d prefer they cast an actor.

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  • Jamie

    Actors I would consider……

    Ryan Gosling, Sam Claflin, Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Hugh Dancy, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Ben Foster, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Colin O’Donoghue, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Hiddleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel Kinnaman, Bradley Cooper, Joseph Morgan, Jamie Bell, Garrett Hedlund, Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Harry Treadaway, Luke Treadaway, Matthew Goode, Anton Yelchin, Jeremy Irvine, Jim Sturgess, Ben Wishaw, Harry Lloyd, Eddie Redmayne, Zachary Quinto, Dominic Monaghan, Jack Huston, Aaron Tveit, Rafe Spall, Noel Fisher, Jesse Plemons, Jack Reynor, Luke Bracey, Jake Abel, Emmett Scanlan, James Wolk, Ian Harding, Johnny Simmons.

    • The Flobbit

      Approximately 99.9997283% of those actors look nothing like Snowden.

      Jesse Plemons WTF?

      • Jamie

        Jeez, I didn’t realize I could only suggest actors that don’t have a vague similarity, but had to be the guy’s fucking doppelganger.

        I made a list of good actors that might fit the bill.

      • Person

        I think Radcliffe is probably the best bet from a resemblance standpoint, but as much as he’s grown as an actor, I still see him as Harry Potter in everything he does, and that would be even more distracting in a film like this. Jamie Bell is a good choice, though. Tom Hiddleston could also work. But my money would be on Bradley Cooper, just for his bankability and two Oscar nominations – the financiers would obviously prefer him.

      • The Flobbit

        You made a list of every 25-35 year-old actor under the sun. Since Snowden is such a famous and iconic person, Stone will be looking to cast someone who ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE HIM. All of these are good actors, but good Edward Snowden’s they would not make.

        Dominic Monaghan? Don’t make me laugh.

        Ben Foster and Jamie Bell could do it. Maybe McAvoy.

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