Three years ago, Oliver Stone announced plans for a documentary about Russian leader Vladimir Putin – a doco that would follow in the wake of successful past ones he made about Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez along with his under-rated “The Untold History of the United States” series.
In a new interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Stone confirms that the film is still in the works and should be released sometime soon. Stone revealed that he has interviewed Putin four times over the last two years for the project. Stone adds that the intention of the film is to:
“Prevent continued misunderstanding and a dangerous situation – on the brink of war. It’s not a documentary as much as a question and answer session. Mr. Putin is one of the most important leaders in the world and in so far as the United States has declared him an enemy – a great enemy – I think it’s very important we hear what he has to say… [The film] opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard. He talks pretty straight.”
Stone recently produced a film called “Ukraine On Fire” that was accused of presenting a propagandist, pro-Russian point of view on the Ukraine revolution in 2014.
With Putin accused of interfering in last year’s U.S. election, and the conflict in Syria threatening to escalate, it’ll be interesting to see how Stone deals with a man who has been accused of murdering journalists, restricting free press and oppressing LGBT rights in Russia.
Update: Showtime has announced a June 12th air date for the documentary, titled “The Putin Interviews,” and released a teaser trailer for it: