James Bond Producers Developing an Edward Snowden Film at Sony
by Ethan Anderton
May 14, 2014
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are responsible for the film franchise featuring the world's most famous secret agent, James Bond, but now they're setting their sights on some real-life espionage. Sony Pictures has revealed development of a feature film focusing on the actions of former CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden, the man responsible for linking classified documents to the media that revealed the government's potentially overbearing and intrusive intelligence-gathering operations, particularly at the NSA. Snowden now finds himself exiled in Russia after being charged with espionage.
News of Snowden's actions and the leaked documents was first reported by The Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, and they landed the journalist a Pulitzer Prize and a book deal for No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. It's that book, which just hit shelves yesterday, which has been optioned by Sony Pictures for a feature film that will focus on Greenwald's work with Snowden to break stories about the U.S. government's intelligence-gathering operations, particularly by the NSA, which many felt intruded on the privacy of American citizens. This seems like one of those stories that shouldn't be told until we've had years of hindsight, but it's hard to turn down a story that already has roots in plenty of cable news headlines pretty much every week. Thoughts?