Sony has announced that they are making a movie based on Edward Snowden, the man who leaked numerous confidential documents from the United States government. The movie will be based on the novel “No Place to Hide,” written by journalist Glenn Greenwald, and will be produced by the James Bond production team of Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
Greenwald was the journalist that broke the Snowden story for The Guardian newspaper and wrote it using personal one-on-one interviews with Snowden himself. Much like Deep Throat before him, Snowden approached Greenwald in private to reveal the sensitive documents. When he refused, Snowden went to Laura Poitras to release them and Greenwald ended up meeting Snowden in person and worked with him after that, bringing the scorn of the NSA.
This movie isn’t the first time that an investigative journalist’s story will be brought to the big screen. Here is a look at the best movies that have dealt with investigative journalists.
“All the President’s Men”
Based on the book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, “All the President’s Men” is the movie that all other movies about journalism is based on. The story is of how Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein helped break the Watergate scandal thanks to the help of a mysterious mole known only as Deep Throat. The movie starred Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the journalists, and took place during the investigation itself. The movie was very successful, picking up eight Oscar nominations and winning four of them.
“Good Night, and Good Luck”
In 2005, George Clooney directed “Good Night, and Good Luck,” a movie about long-time television journalist Edward R. Murrow. The film focused much of its attention on when Murrow set his sights on United States Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare. Of course, this was when McCarthy started pushing the Senate Subcommittee that investigated numerous American citizens, accusing them of Communist activities. David Strathaim starred as Murrow while Clooney used archived footage of McCarthy for that part of the movie.
Michael Mann directed the drama “The Insider” in 1999, a movie that told the story of big tobacco whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand. The film stars Russell Crowe as Wigand and Al Pacino as “60 Minutes” producer Lowell Bergman who convinced him to blow the lid off the tactics used by the tobacco industry. Wigand was the former head of research for Brown and Williamson, making him the perfect insider for the case. The movie picked up seven Oscar nominations, but didn’t win any of them.