Director Oliver Stone to adapt Edward Snowden story for film

LOS ANGELES Mon Jun 2, 2014 4:00pm EDT

U.S. film director and screenwriter Oliver Stone speaks during a discussion with students at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Ana Martinez

U.S. film director and screenwriter Oliver Stone speaks during a discussion with students at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan November 30, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will be adapting the story of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the big screen, from a book written by Guardian journalist Luke Harding, the British newspaper said in a statement on Monday.

Stone, 67, with his production partner Moritz Borman, bought the film rights to Harding's "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man," that delved into the events surrounding Snowden leaking numerous top-secret NSA surveillance programs to media.

"This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge. I'm glad to have the Guardian working with us," Stone said in a statement.

The filmmaker, who has won Oscars for directing 1986's "Platoon" and 1989's "Born on the Fourth of July," will write and direct the film and also include materials from the Guardian journalists who broke the story.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Marguerita Choy)

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