Oliver Stone is to turn former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s story into a big budget movie.
Snowden achieve global fame after leaking a series of damaging internal documents and revealing the extend of UK and US electronic eavesdropping.
Stone and producing partner Moritz Borman have purchased rights to The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, the inside account of Snowden’s experiences which was written by Guardian journalist Luke Harding.
Stone will write and direct the film, drawing from Harding’s book, as well as additional materials from the Guardian’s US team.
Harding and other Guardian journalists will also act as exclusive production and story consultants.
Oliver Stone said: “This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge. I’m glad to have the Guardian working with us.”
Guardian Editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, said: “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 and Moritz Borman on the film.”