Greenwald’s new book will provide the basis for Sony’s film.
Sony Pictures Entertainment on Wednesday said it has purchased the rights to the Edward Snowden story as chronicled by award-winning national security journalist Glenn Greenwald in his recently published book No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.
The story, which is to be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, best known for their work on the James Bond movies Skyfall and Quantum of Solace, has been making its rounds through Hollywood for some time. Several studios have balked at the many difficulties Snowden’s ongoing and complicated saga presents, according to The New York Times.
Greenwald’s book tells the story of the journalist’s covert and risky trip to Hong Kong to meet the National Security Agency whistleblower last year. After this trip, Greenwald and filmmaker/investigative journalist Laura Poitras facilitated the publication of a series of disclosures related to a treasure trove of secret government documents leaked by Snowden, exposing the massive extent of covert US surveillance.
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