Director/writer Oliver Stone spilled the beans on his latest film, “Snowden,” which he is touting as an “intellectual thriller.”
Speaking at Cannes Lions today, Stone said of the film, “It’s a ten year story starting in the military and going to the point where he releases the stories. The [computer] screens were made realistically, his slides were incorporated as well as other slides from the NSA. Obviously it is a drama and we have to simplify and condense to some degree, but we feel we are in the ballpark and it’s very realistic.”
Stone says that Snowden himself consulted on the film, and even provided correct CIA and NSA procedures and vernacular. “He gave us very good advice and sometimes very specific advice,” said Stone, adding that Snowden has given the final film his “thumbs up.”
Stone not only directed the film, but he co-wrote it alongside “The Homesman” scribe Kieran Fitzgerald. The screenplay is based off of two books: “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by journalist Luke Harding; and the novel “Time of the Octopus,” by Anatoly Kucherena.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson.
Following the release of the first full length trailer back in April, the real Edward Snowden shared his support for the film by tweeting the following:
For two minutes and thirty nine seconds, everybody at NSA just stopped working. https://t.co/OLjCV6wkGp
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 27, 2016
The film is set for release on Sept. 16. It was originally scheduled to debut on Dec. 25, 2015 and then later on May 13 of this year before finally settling into the September date.