French distributor Wild Bunch has snapped up the international rights to Oliver Stone’s untitled Edward Snowden film. It will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the NSA whistleblower who is also the subject of Laura Poitras’ Oscar-contending documentary “CITIZENFOUR.”
The deal was negotiated between Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval and Stone’s longtime producing partner Moritz Borman. Stone’s film is currently in pre-production in Munich, with principal photography expected to kick off in January 2015.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena had sold the film rights to his upcoming novel, “Time of the Octopus,” to Stone and Borman. This, along with Luke Harding’s “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” will be the basis for the screenplay.
“Snowden Files” follows him from Hawaii to Hong Kong, where he met Poitras and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald before seeking asylum in Moscow, which is the focus of Kucherena’s novel.