SNOWDEN, THE MOVIE, THE COMIC
How quickly things morph from exile to entertainment: In the mad dash of Hollywood, a book about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was published one day and became a major film project within 24 hours. Indeed, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s “No Place to Hide” is now under development at Sony, with the same creative team that produced the last two James Bond blockbusters. But who will play Mr. Snowden?
Already, Mr. Greenwald himself has allowed that Jared Leto in under consideration. Also on the list: Robert Pattinson, Hayden Christensen, Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield — choices, incidentally, suggested by Entertainment Television.
But Mr. Snowden also has become a comic book commodity.
“Edward Snowden has been called a whistleblower, a hero, a traitor, a criminal. But who is he really?” asks Valerie D’Orazio, a Marvel Comics writer who has now penned “Beyond: Edward Snowden,” an edgy, stylish comic book released Wednesday by Bluewater Productions. The publisher says the $4 comic examines “the man behind the headlines, searching for what might have motivated him to commit one of the biggest leaks of classified information in U.S. history.”
“My fellow veterans can’t wait the many months it may take to issue its report. They need answers, accountability and leadership from this administration and Congress now,” said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican.