Glenn Greenwald’s new book headed to Hollywood

BY Ruth Tam  May 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM EDT


First stop, PBS FRONTLINE; next stop, Hollywood.

Last year’s epic reveal of a domestic surveillance program will soon be retold in a theater near you. Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that it acquired film rights to journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book, “No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State.”

Greenwald’s book was released Tuesday alongside the premiere of PBS FRONTLINE’s “United States of Secrets,” the silver screen debut of how “the program” came to be. Greenwald, who now writes for The Intercept, is currently on a book tour in the United States.

In recent years, Sony has banked hard on real-life thrillers. The studio released highly acclaimed films “Captain Phillips,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Social Network.” Yet, the film that bears the most similarity to Greenwald’s book, “The Fifth Estate,” which is about Wikileaks and founder Julian Assange, disappointed at the box office.

PBS NewsHour’s foreign correspondent Margaret Warner spoke with Greenwald on Wednesday. Their conversation will air on tonight’s broadcast.

Here is a clip from that conversation: