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Edward Snowden film is in the works at Sony

James Bond film franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are developing a movie based on Glenn Greenwald's new book.
By Karen Butler   |   May 14, 2014 at 7:57 PM  |  Updated May 14, 2014 at 8:06 PM   |   Comments

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CULVER CITY , Calif., May 14 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced it optioned the film rights to Glenn Greenwald's book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, which hit stores Tuesday.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions will produce the movie.

Greenwald's reporting on the revelations contained in the whistle-blower's top-secret NSA documents won the Pulitzer Prize for The Guardian newspaper.

"Edward Snowden's explosive revelations have raised important questions about the role of government in protecting its citizens and the balance between national security and personal freedom," Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, said in a statement Wednesday. "We are extremely proud that Michael, Barbara and Glenn chose Sony to bring this riveting story to the big screen, and believe that Glenn's account of this incredible, international event will make for a gripping and unforgettable film."

"I'm very happy to be working with Amy Pascal, Doug Belgrad, and the team at Sony Pictures Entertainment, who have a successful track record of making thoughtful and nuanced, true-life stories that audiences want to see," Greenwald added. "Growing up, I was heavily influenced by political films, and am excited about the opportunity to be part of a political film that will resonate with today's moviegoers."

Wilson and Broccoli are the team behind the iconic James Bond film franchise.

"Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide is a terrifying personal account of one of the most relevant political events of our time. We are thrilled to be working with Glenn to bring this important story to the screen," the producers said in a joint statement.

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