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Sony Pictures Entertainment Options Book on Edward Snowden

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Sony Pictures Entertainment will be making a film based upon the just-released book on Edward Snowden. (Thinkstock)

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on May 14 it has optioned the film rights to a newly-released book on Edward Snowden by the journalist whose reporting on the revelations contained in Snowden’s top-secret NSA documents won the Pulitzer Prize for The Guardian newspaper.

Glenn Greenwald’s No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State examines the journalist’s personal involvement in working with Snowden to break numerous stories about the U.S. government’s intelligence-gathering operations.

“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,” Greenwald said.

Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, said the studio believes “Glenn’s account of this incredible international event will make for a gripping and unforgettable film.”

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,” Belgrad said.

The film will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the team behind the James Bond film franchise.

The book was released worldwide on May 13 and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

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