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Sony Takes Rights to Snowden Book 'No Place to Hide'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 14, 2014 at 1:29PM

Sony has secured rights to Glenn Greenwald's "No Place to Hide," the buzzy book on Edward Snowden and what he revealed about US security officials' electronic surveillance.
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Sony has secured rights to Glenn Greenwald's "No Place to Hide," the buzzy book on Edward Snowden and what he revealed about US security officials' electronic surveillance. 

No Place to Hide

It's been a long road to nabbing the rights. Per the NYT, Hollywood has been eyeing the book since fall of 2013, but there were concerns about taking on a story that continues to play out. (The 30-year-old Snowden is currently in Russia, while he faces criminal charges back here in the US. In April he hired a Washington lawyer to try to negotiate a plea deal.) But Sony's no stranger to tackling stories that continue to heat up -- see "Zero Dark Thirty."

Last month the Washington Post and the Guardian scored the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their lid-blowing reporting on the Snowden NSA story.

The book rights have been acquired specifically for producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, best known for recent James Bond big-screen entries "Skyfall" and "Quantum of Solace."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.