According to Screen Daily, Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way production house is the front-runner to acquire the film rights to the story of fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency (NSA) scandal.
Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story for “The Guardian”, is currently writing a book and confirmed to Screen there have been negotiations, but wouldn’t name the company/companies as a deal has not yet been finalized. Greenwald’s book is due for publication in March 2014 through Metropolitan Books, which has promised “new revelations exposing the extraordinary cooperation of private industry and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s programme, both domestically and abroad.”
There is no information, however, as to the nature of the film. Would it focus on Snowden and the scandal or focus more on Greenwald. I would tend to lean toward the former, but I sincerely hope it’s better than the trainwreck that is the upcoming WikiLeaks movie, The Fifth Estate (read my review here).
Video of Snowden appeared online in June of 2013, giving the 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s an opportunity to explain his motives. He has since flown to Moscow, Russia where he currently resides at an undisclosed location after being granted political asylum.
I cn just see the marketing for the film now. Is he a hero, traitor or a patriot? The true story of the man behind one of the biggest intelligence leaks in American history. BRAAAAAAAHHHHHM!