Director Oliver Stone snaps up the rights to ‘The Snowden Files’

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Whether you cast him as a hero or a villain, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is clearly a star, with not one, but two big-screen adaptions of his life announced this spring alone.

On Tuesday, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone announced that he has secured the rights to Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s book, “The Snowden Files,” which was published in February. Stone, who you might say has a thing for political dramas, will write and direct the film, according to Guardian News and Media, which publishes the British newspaper.

“This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge,” Stone told the media company.

In his review of the book, the Washington Post’s national security correspondent Greg Miller wrote, “The book captures the drama of Snowden’s operation in often-cinematic detail but doesn’t necessarily enhance our understanding of the magnitude and impact of the leaks.”

And because Hollywood never met a story it couldn’t tell twice, another Snowden project by yet another Guardian reporter is also in the works. In May, Sony Pictures acquired the rights to Glenn Greenwald’s “No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State,” with the producers behind the James Bond film franchise attached.

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