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Edward Snowden Story On Way to The Big Screen
UK Guardian ^ | Friday 14 June 2013 11.46 EDT | Ben Child

Posted on 06/14/2013 12:05:20 PM PDT by drewh

Hollywood is planning to bring movies centring on the story of data-snooping whistleblower Edward Snowden and the equally controversial US drones programme to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Few details are available about either project, but the drones movie appears to be further along the road to a potential release. Production company Lakeshore Entertainment has picked up an untitled screenplay for an "action thriller with military elements" from writer Spenser Cohen, a recent University of Southern California graduate who last year sold a screenplay for upcoming true-life Somali pirate drama High Target Value.

Hollywood agency WME is said to be offering a film about Edward Snowden, who exposed the US National Security Agency's programme of widespread surveillance of its own citizens via the Guardian on 6 June, to studios.

Both projects – should they ever hit the big screen – are likely to be mired in controversy, as Kathryn Bigelow discovered after announcing plans to bring a film about the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden to cinemas in 2011. Zero Dark Thirty was expected to be an Oscars frontrunner, given the pedigree of Bigelow. However, concerns from politicians on all sides of the political divide about the film's depiction of torture in the search for al-Qaida's chief appeared to stymie its chances of prize success earlier this year. Zero Dark Thirty eventually took just one Oscar, for best sound editing, though its worldwide box-office haul eventually came in at a more than decent $108m.

Snowden's story in particular has all the ingredients for a successful Hollywood political thriller: intrigue, true-life cache and a maverick central character willing to leave behind his girlfriend and go on the run from his own government in order to expose the truth.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: hollywood; laurapoitras; poitras; prism; snowden; snowdenmovie

1 posted on 06/14/2013 12:05:20 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Starring Denzel Washington as the brave, heroic young President whose trust is betrayed by the weasel-y white techie.


2 posted on 06/14/2013 12:10:16 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: drewh; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; GSP.FAN; NFHale; BillyBoy

Edward Snowden - Alexander Skarsgård

Lindsay Mills - Carrie Mulligan

USAF Col - Perdogg

USAF Col Wife - Kate Upton


3 posted on 06/14/2013 12:12:25 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Who should play Edward Snowden?
Daniel Radcliffe

Ryan Gosling

Tobey Maguire

Justin Timberlake

Jamie Bell

Eric Balfour

Aaron Paul

Alexander Skarsgard

Elijah Wood

Josh Radnor

Shia LaBeouf http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/06/12/who-should-play-edward-snowden/


4 posted on 06/14/2013 12:13:22 PM PDT by drewh
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5 posted on 06/14/2013 12:14:26 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh
I HATE Tobey Maguire!

Because he came along and made skinny and geeky the in-thing with chicks about two decades after I NEEDED him to do that!


6 posted on 06/14/2013 12:17:30 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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7 posted on 06/14/2013 12:18:32 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: drewh

I’ll bet the NSA has cancelled his credit cards - threatened those who would give him shelter - and forbidden companies from transporting him...

If they were only half as good dealing with radical Muslims...


8 posted on 06/14/2013 12:20:32 PM PDT by GOPJ (Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners? - Coulter)
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To: drewh

Good luck Snowy.

I think yer gonna get lost in the blizzard.


9 posted on 06/14/2013 12:21:45 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: drewh

Joseph Gordon Leavitt


10 posted on 06/14/2013 12:21:46 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: drewh

Hollywood is desperate...


11 posted on 06/14/2013 12:23:04 PM PDT by caww
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To: drewh

Thanks for the aqvanced warning. I’ll be sure to avoid them like the plague.


12 posted on 06/14/2013 12:23:49 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: drewh
Real life spy stuff aint all that romantical or profitable.

Write a book about sitting in some CIA listening post on a Mt in Turkey somewhere and how the local hookers were a hoot. Now that is some flash! LOL

13 posted on 06/14/2013 12:30:54 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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14 posted on 06/14/2013 12:36:53 PM PDT by moovova
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SNOWDEN, PRISM, and the NSA

If you want to hear a chilling expose on PRISM, listen to the following interview of William Benny, a 40 year career NSA employee who becaame the director of 6,000 analysts in their intelligence area, and who was personally involved with PRISM under Bush.

Former Director of NSA Intelligence teveals the full extent of PRISM capabilities. MUST SEE!

15 posted on 06/14/2013 1:05:30 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Perdogg; drewh; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; GSP.FAN; NFHale; BillyBoy

Skarsgard, excellent choice.

USAF Major - Impy
USAF Major’s Wife - Alizee
USAF Major’s One night stand - January Jones

Barack Obama - Anthony Hopkins
Michelle Obama - Peter Mayhew


16 posted on 06/14/2013 4:55:58 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

With Rosie O’Donnell as the pole-dancing girl friend.


17 posted on 06/14/2013 6:39:15 PM PDT by DPMD
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