By Casey Cipriani | Indiewire August 7, 2014 at 3:25PM
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights "Merchants of Doubt," the new documentary from Academy Award-nominated producer-director Robert Kenner ("Food Inc.")
Inspired by the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, "Merchants of Doubt" explores how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists ran secretive campaigns (with the help of some top-level politicians) to mislead the public on issues such as tobacco and global warming.
"With ‘Merchants of Doubt,' I saw a chance to show audiences a world they hadn't seen before—a chance to lift the curtain and expose how these messages are crafted and sold to the public," said Kenner.
Sony Pictures Classics acquired the rights from Participant Media and Omidyar Network.
"'Merchants of Doubt' is that rare triple threat: well made, entertaining and destined to immediately become part of this volatile cultural debate," said Sony Pictures Classics in a statement.
Sony Pictures Classics is eyeing a release near the end of 2014.