Oliver Stone will bring the book about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man," to the big screen.

This is about as surprising as the sun coming up in the East.

Stone, who loves conspiracies like regular people love air, wants to make a film about the former NSA contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents to columnist Glenn Greenwald of U.K. publication the Guardian in June 2013 before fleeing the United States. Guardian reporter Luke Harding wrote the book and, according to the paper, will serve along with a number of Guardian journalists as a consultant on the film.

"This is one of the greatest stories of our time," 67-year-old Stone said in a statement. "A real challenge. I'm glad to have the Guardian working with us."

Stone, whose "JFK" pretty much pinned President John F. Kennedy's assassination on everyone who was alive at the time, has also had success with U.S.-government-themed movies, including "Platoon," "Nixon," "Born on the Fourth of July," and "W." The decorated Vietnam combat veteran has also made documentaries about Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

Snowden's revelations about NSA spying programs caused furor in the United States. The former NSA employee has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and potentially faces a 30-year prison sentence if he returns to the US.

Published earlier this year, "The Snowden Files" chronicles how Snowden, a Republican who reportedly found his values increasingly at odds with the U.S. government's surveillance programs, went on to release documents detailing the NSA's domestic spying efforts.

The film is scheduled to start shooting before the end of 2014. Meanwhile, James Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are already at work on "No Place to Hide," a rival project about Snowden adapted from the book by Glenn Greenwald.

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