It’s been a long road to nabbing the rights. Per the NYT, Hollywood has been eyeing the book since fall of 2013, but there were concerns about taking on a story that continues to play out. (The 30-year-old Snowden is currently in Russia, while he faces criminal charges back here in the US. In April he hired a Washington lawyer to try to negotiate a plea deal.) But Sony’s no stranger to tackling stories that continue to heat up — see “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Last month the Washington Post and the Guardian scored the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their lid-blowing reporting on the Snowden NSA story.
The book rights have been acquired specifically for producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, best known for recent James Bond big-screen entries “Skyfall” and “Quantum of Solace.”