May 20, 2010

Magnolia Pictures picks up Alex Gibney's documentary on Eliot Spitzer...

...meaning the Gibney festival season might turn into the Gibney against Gibney Oscar race this year. Here's the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Alex Gibney's untitled Eliot Spitzer documentary. Produced by A&E IndieFilms and Wider Film Projects, the doc revolves around the rise and fall of the former New York governor and prosecutor. A work-in-progress version recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Magnolia's deal seals its fifth collaboration with Gibney. It also distributed his "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson," the recent "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" and the upcoming "Freakonomics.""Alex is the most vital documentarian working today, and this film could be his finest hour," Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. "It transcends what could have been a salacious expose in lesser hands to be a truly thrilling, masterful work of cinema."

-Spitzer is a very interesting figure to me, so I'm definitely interested...thoughts?


  1. Gibney is surpassing Woody Allen in terms of work ethic, it seems...

  2. Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! love Magnolia.

  3. They pick up some good stuff. They have my gratitude for getting Two Lovers out there last year.