Now that a WikiLeaks movie is about to hit the screens, Hollywood has turned its hungry maw to the next real life story: Glenn Greenwald’s upcoming book about Edward Snowden. According to the New York Times:
20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment and the cable television powerhouse HBO were among potential buyers that had considered the project, according to several people who were briefed on it, but spoke on condition of anonymity because of confidentiality strictures.
Note the use of the past tense “had considered,” that’s because there are some problems with the story from a filmmaking perspective.
There is the issue of “life rights” because while the film could be based on Greenwald’s book, Snowden, journalist Lauren Poitras, and Snowden’s WikiLeaks traveling companion, journalist Sarah Harrison may not have their life rights available, meaning filmmakers would have to rely on material publicly available under Fair Use, and hope that these principals (and Julian Assange who will no doubt figure in the film) will not interfere.
There are some hurdles in terms of plot–some could say the the final act has yet to be played out, though, actually being alive and free is pretty much a happy ending. Oh and wait, there’s this whole thing about how some people in the government and the public are very very upset at Snowden….
But none of that detracts from the fun of playing casting director: Joseph-Gordon Levitt or maybe dreamy Twilight star Robert Pattinson as Snowden, John Cusack as Greenwald, though some of have been championing Ben Stiller. Maybe Megan Fox as the dancer girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, Snowden abandons in Hawaii (who thankfully hasn’t decided to pose for Playboy–yet), Emma Stone as Sarah Harrison, Ryan Philippe as Assange…
Who would you cast?
Glenn Greenwald’s book is due out March 2014 from Macmillan’s Metropolitan Books. His agent and the Guardian newspaper, which originally published Greenwald’s reporting on Snowden declined comment.