NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Timed to the release of the Oliver Stone-Open Road film, Snowden, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. will publish the official motion picture tie-in book on September 16.
The much-anticipated Snowden biopic, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, was co-written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald.
The official motion picture tie-in features dozens of color stills from the film and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores across the country.
"Snowden is an historic figure and Stone is a courageous director," said Tony Lyons, publisher of independent book publisher, Skyhorse. "It's an honor to be working with Oliver, Kieran, and the Open Road team to publish this important movie tie-in book."
Kieran said, "Edward Snowden has opened our eyes to the truth about mass surveillance in the digital era. It is a true privilege to be able to tell his story, and to tell it with Oliver Stone, who has been a guiding voice for me in film my entire life."
Stone added, "Snowden has historically changed our perception of the US government's surveillance capabilities. Given their strong track record in publishing groundbreaking and difficult works, Skyhorse is an ideal partner for sharing this dramatic interpretation in written form."
Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, said: "From the moment we read the Snowden screenplay, we knew that Open Road Films had to be a part of this epic film. Thanks in large part to this fantastic script, Oliver has crafted an extraordinary film and we are thrilled to be a part of it."
Snowden is based on two books—Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena's Time of the Octopus, and Guardian journalist Luke Harding's The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man. In addition to Gordon-Levitt and Woodley, the movie stars Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, and Zachary Quinto.
Snowden is the former government contractor who copied and leaked classified information from the NSA in 2013 and is now living in asylum in Russia after revealing his findings to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.
Academy Award–winning Oliver Stone has written and directed more than twenty-five full-length feature films, among them some of the most influential and iconic films of the past decades. Some have been at deep odds with conventional myth—films such as Platoon (1986) the first of three Vietnam films; Born on the Fourth of July (1989); JFK (1991); Natural Born Killers (1994); and Nixon (1995).
Stone's films have often reached wide, international audiences and have had significant cultural impact. These include Salvador (1985), deeply critical of the US Government's involvement in Central America; Wall Street (1987), an exposé of America's new capitalism; World Trade Center (2006), a true story of two (of only twenty) 9/11 survivors; and The Doors (1991), a poetic look at the 1960s and Jim Morrison's ecstatic music.
Open Road Films, led by industry veteran CEO Tom Ortenberg, is an independent film company known especially for releasing 2016 Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay–winner Spotlight, starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup, and directed by Tom McCarthy.
Other notable Open Road Films releases include: Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal; the hit film Chef, written by, directed by, and starring Jon Favreau along with Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey, Jr.; and Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum.
Skyhorse Publishing, one of the fastest-growing independent book publishers in the United States, was launched in September 2006 by Tony Lyons, former president and publisher of The Lyons Press. It has had forty-three titles on The New York Times bestseller list over the course of its ten-year history.
Lyons is dedicated to publishing books that make people's lives better, whether that means teaching them a hobby, bringing them a unique and important story, or encouraging them to fight against injustices, conspiracies, or abuses of power.
Skyhorse publishes a maverick list that includes fiction, nonfiction, history, politics, rural living, cooking, humor, and children's books. With its fifteen imprints, including recently launched Hot Books, led by Salon-founder David Talbot, it now boasts a backlist of more than 6,000 titles including the entire Arcade Publishing list, which it acquired in 2010. Skyhorse is distributed by Perseus Books Group in the United States and overseas, and by Thomas Allen & Son in Canada.
CONTACT: Charlie Lyons
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