The Edward Snowden Story Will Get The Oliver Stone Treatment

Oliver Stone pursues another political scandal, purchasing the rights to The Snowden Files

Oliver Stone. (Patrick McMullan)

Oliver Stone will make a thriller based on Snowden Files . (Patrick McMullan)

Director Oliver Stone is set to turn the Edward Snowden story into a big-budget film.

Mr. Stone and his long-time partner producer Moritz Borman announced today that they have bought the film rights to The Snowden Files by Guardian reporter Luke Harding.

“This is one of the greatest stories of our time,” Mr. Stone said in a statement. “I’m glad to have the Guardian working with us.”

Mr. Stone, who will write and direct, will confer with Mr. Harding and other Guardian journalists who covered the story throughout the production process.

The book, which was described as a “le Carré novel crossed with something by Kafka” by The New York Times,  is prime material for the Oscar-winning director who has made a career of transforming non-fiction scandal and strife into box office hits.

The film will start shooting by the end of the year as a European co-production, and the team hopes to get the film out before an adaption of No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald’s account of the story, comes out. That film is being produced by Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the team behind the James Bond franchise.

The film’s cast has not yet been announced, but considering Mr. Stone’s past comments, the film will most likely favor the controversial contractor.

“To me, Snowden is a hero,” Stone told the Guardian last July. “He revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the fourth amendment.”