After turning out three critically acclaimed documentaries last year — “Sinatra,” “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” and “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” — the ever-busy Alex Gibney isn’t slowing down soon. The director’s new film, the cyber-centric “Zero Days,” has been picked up for U.S. distribution in a joint deal between Magnolia Pictures and Showtime. The film premieres tomorrow, February 17, at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The film’s official Berlinale synopsis reads: “In his new film, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney explores the phenomenon of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer virus discovered in 2010 by international IT experts. Evidently commissioned by the US and Israeli governments, this malware was designed to specifically sabotage Iran’s nuclear programme. However, the complex computer worm ended up not only infecting its intended target but also spreading uncontrollably. Although to this day officially denied, Stuxnet was created by two allied forces who were each pursuing their own agendas, and in doing so opened up the Pandora’s box of cyber warfare.”
“‘Zero Days’ plays like a harrowing thriller,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in an official statement. “This is another brave, illuminating and powerful film from one of our favorite filmmakers and collaborators.”
Magnolia released Gibney’s “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” last fall, and the director just won the WGA award for best documentary over the weekend for “Going Clear.” His Netlix series, “Cooked,” premieres February 19.
The company plans to release “Zero Days” in theaters sometime in the late summer, followed by a television debut on Showtime. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.