From Russia, With Love: Bond Producers Give Snowden License to Spill


Sony’s Columbia Pictures has picked up the rights to a new book about Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal written by one of the journalists that Snowden chose to use to leak the classified information on NSA surveillance last year. Glenn Greenwald, a journalist for the U.K. paper The Guardian, won a Pulitzer Prize for his work covering the scandal and released his book No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State on Wednesday.

The movie rights were purchased by Columbia and the project will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, the same group responsible for the James Bond spy franchise.

“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,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, in a statement seen by Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

“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,” said Greenwald in the announcement.