Never one to shy away from a controversy, director Oliver Stone‘s latest project is sure to raise eyebrows. In what is being called “The Putin Interviews,” which will air across four nights from June 12-15 on Showtime, the “W” and “Snowden” director reportedly interviews Russian president Vladimir Putin on four separate occasions.
The project was first rumored over three years ago, but the first confirmation (and real details) came by way of The Sydney Morning Herald over the weekend.
In the interview, Stone says of the film, “I think we did [Putin] the justice of putting [his comments] into a Western narrative that could explain their viewpoint in the hopes that it will prevent continued misunderstanding and a dangerous situation – on the brink of war.”
He also had this to say: “Mr. Putin is one of the most important leaders in the world and in so far as the United States has declared him an enemy — a great enemy — I think it’s very important we hear what he has to say… [The film] opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard. He talks pretty straight.”
The report also confirms the film will cover Putin – who at present is accused of interfering with America’s election last year (among other things) – and his view of events since he first became president in 2000.
Stone is a three-time Oscar winner. He won Best Director for his films “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon.” He also won Best Adapted Screenplay for his “Midnight Express” screenplay.
Check out the first teaser of the project below. The documentary will air on Showtime starting June 12.