Hollywood working on U.S. drone program movie

A script about the NSA leak is also making the rounds, with a sale likely to close soon

Published June 14, 2013 1:07PM (EDT)

It was only a matter of time before the recent scandals in Washington caught up with Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Lakeshore Entertainment has acquired a script around the controversial U.S. drone program, penned by recent USC graduate Spenser Cohen.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

The logline for the action thriller with military elements is being kept under wraps but will mirror some of the Obama administration's use of drone strikes that has sparked controversy of late, putting the president on the defensive about the high-tech program that allows servicemen stationed in the United States to take out suspected terrorists abroad.

The CIA first used unmanned predator drones over a decade ago in Afghanistan, but the targeted killing program has expanded significantly during the Obama administration.

The administration, embroiled in multiple scandals, is currently under fire over the NSA's surveillance program, leaked to reporters by 29-year-old Edward Snowden. According to THR, "At least one WME-repped project that centers on controversial leaker Edward Snowden is making the rounds, with a sale imminent."

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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