In reference to a previous post on Espionage Films, and in conjunction with the year anniversary of The Guardian‘s publication of Edward Snowden’s leaked documents, let’s talk a little bit about Oliver Stone’s new project. Stone is the clear choice for any political film with a liberal edge and controversial nature, and with the film rights coming from journalist Luke Harding and The Guardian’s announced involvement, Stone’s film about Snowden is bound to be just that.
Stone is a man with an interesting background. He grew up in a conservative family and is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Stone is well-known for directing films about vital political figures and events on which history has hinged, including Nixon, JFK, and Platoon, his well-known film on the horrors of the Vietnam war. He also directed the 2008 biopic on George W. Bush.
Opinion on Snowden is still quite split among safety and security interests who say he betrayed his country and put lives in danger, while privacy proponents are more likely to call him a whistleblower and an American hero. Of the two sides, it makes perfect sense that the film rights were going to go to an experienced filmmaker on the left rather than a critical one on the right, but let’s hope that Stone has enough good sense to make the film with a little grey, rather than all black and white. Judging from past movies, he’ll very likely fit that bit.