Oliver Stone to direct film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

 Whisteblower Edward Snowden, who will be the main subject of director Oliver Stone's new drama

Whisteblower Edward Snowden, who will be the main subject of director Oliver Stone's new drama

This recent news comes as no real surprise given Oliver Stone's fascination with the history of America's attempts to maintain its supremacy in its own regional sphere and worldwide, in the current and last centuries. Stone's films in this arena include, amongst others, the controversial assassination thriller JFK, the biopic Nixon, documentaries looking at Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, and more recently the documentary series Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States.

Stone's new film will be an adaptation of The Snowden Files, an account of the ongoing United States's National Security Agency scandal which was written by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. The Guardian and the Washington Post both won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service for publishing stories based on material leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, information which blew the lid off of the Agency's large-scale domestic surveillance programs.

The film is to be produced by Stone's regular business partner Moritz Borman, with Harding and other Guardian journalists serving as production and story consultants.

"This is one of the greatest stories of our time," Stone, 67, said in a statement. "A real challenge. I'm glad to have The Guardian working with us."


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