Superstar film director Oliver Stone has taken on a new, more controversial project which will be an adaptation of the book ‘Time of the Octopus’ based on the incredible story of former NSA leak Edward Snowden.

Along with producing partner Moritz Borman, Stone bought the screen rights to ‘Time of the Octopus’, written by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena and ‘The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man’. Using the contents of these two books, Stone plans to write and direct a film based on the whistle-blowing incident that rocked the US of A to its core.

A former Systems Administrator for the CIA, Snowden revealed to the public through articles published in the Guardian that the National Security Agency had been spying on US citizens and other foreign governments using state-of-the-art electronic technology.

“To me, Snowden is a hero,” said Stone, “He revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the fourth amendment.”

Stone has voiced his criticisms of the government on many occasions, especially through his controversial films ‘JFK’ and ‘Nixon’. He believes that “this is one of the greatest stories of our time”, and is eager to immortalize it on the big screen.

The movie will take most of its plot from ‘Time of the Octopus’ which centers around a fictional American whistleblower named Joshua Cold, who is attempting to escape from the US government. He applies for asylum in Russia, and is forced to spend three weeks in Moscow airport’s transit area waiting for his asylum request to be approved. As he waits, Cold talks to a Russian lawyer about his story and why he made the decision to reveal such incriminating information to the public.

Anatoly Kucherena said, “the more I engaged with the Edward Snowden case, the more I was impressed by his story… I had to tune into his ‘wavelength’ and try to understand the balance between the rational and intuitive perception of his world.”

The film is set to go into production sometime later this year.