Open Road Picked Up Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden Film Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt


According to Deadline, details have been finalized for indie distributor Open Road Films and production and financing company Endgame Entertainment to partner on the U.S. release of Oliver Stone‘s Edward Snowden movie, which will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the NSA whistleblower, also the subject of Laura Poitras‘ Oscar documentary frontrunner Citizenfour.

The yet-to-be-titled film–billed The Snowden Files on IMDb–is scheduled to kick-off in Munich in January 2015.

Producer Moritz Borman said in a statement,

“This film needs an independent in the true sense, where political pressures will not come into play.”

The three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker has written the script based on the books “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding and “Time of the Octopus” by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.

If Stone applies to this feature the same kind of researched arguments he did for his 2012 documentary series Untold History of the United States, we could have a very interesting take on this topic.

Anyway, Open Road is on a roll–they already shared great success on The Grey, End of Watch, Chef and recently Nightcrawler, and their upcoming slate is looking good too, with Triple Nine, the upcoming crime-drama heist film directed by John Hillcoat and written by Matt Cook. Stay tuned.