James Bond Producers Working on Edward Snowden: The Movie

By Gerald Lynch on at

"The name's Snowden, Edward Snowden." Cut to a bespectacled Channing Tatum dripping a single bead of sweat as he watches a neon-green download progress bar fill up painfully slowly, before high-kicking an NSA guard in the face and hijacking a plane back to his secret underground sanctuary base in Russia.

Or something along those lines -- Sony Pictures has just bought the rights to journalist Glenn Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State, detailing the story of whistle-blower Edward Snowden, with plans to turn it into a film. And, if it's any indication as to the suave espionage thriller they're likely pitching this as, they've signed on James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to put it together.

It won't be the first time Sony's fished in techy waters for a film idea. It was responsible for the surprisingly-good The Social Network, and is also currently working on a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacsson's best-selling biography. [Deadline]