Stone, one of Hollywood’s highest profile directors recently purchased the screen rights for the best selling novel ‘The Snowden Files’ written by Luke Harding of the Guardian newspaper, who initially exposed the story.
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Oscar winning director Oliver Stone has never been afraid of addressing controversial issues, and with his latest project, adapting Luke Harding’s “ The Snowden Files” for the big screen, he’s taking probably the “hottest potato” of his career in the movie industry.
Stone, has once again got together with his long-term production partner Moritz Borman, but the jewel having reportedly bought the film rights to Harding’s bestselling novel “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” to give the biography its full title.
Snowden, formerly a systems administrator for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), moved into the private sector with intelligence contractor Dell, where he was based at a National Security Agency (NSA)outpost in Japan. In early 2013, Snowden left Dell to join Booz , Allen Hamilton , another company involved in security and defense, this time being based in another NSA center in Hawaii.
Almost exactly a year ago, in June 2013, much to the discomfort of the entire American security apparatus, Snowden began to release thousands of classified documents to the media, particularly to Luke Harding a reporter on the UK based Guardian newspaper. The documents were gathered surreptitiously by Snowdon, during the time that he was working as an NSA contractor for both Dell and Booz Allen Hamilton, which, according to security experts, may possibly be the most significant breach of security in U.S. history.
Due to the close contact that Harding had with Snowden, he has already been signed up by Stone and Moritz to work as a consultant on the screen version of the story, with information drawn from his novel “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” released in February of this year liable to be very helpful in preparing background information .
After releasing the documents to the media, Snowdon travel the world seeking political asylum, which he has found, at least on a temporary basis, thanks to President Putin of Russia. However, if , for whatever reason , Snowdon should leave Moscow, and fall into American hands, he could face a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Commenting on his decision to transfer “The Snowden Files” to the big screen, Stone explained that he was delighted to have the chance to bring one of the greatest stories of our time to the screen, and looks forward to what will be a real challenge to do so.
The filmmaker, who has won Oscars for directing 1986’s “Platoon” and 1989’s “Born on the Fourth of July, ” will write and direct the film will also include material from Mick Harding and the other the Guardian journalists who initially broke the Snowdon story.
According to reports from the film industry Stone has already got under away with writing the screenplay while producer Borman is setting the wheels in motion to commence filming by the end of 2014.
Oliver Stone is known for the controversial slants that he put in his movies, with some of his works during the late 80s dealing with the trauma that soldiers were forced to go through during the Vietnam War, in which he also served.
Stone has been the recipient of three Academy Awards for his films Midnight Express, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July.