HBO Documentary Films has acquired domestic television rights to the prolific Oscar winning documentary film-maker Alex Gibney’s My Trip To Al Qaeda.
The film will receive its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month and will debut on HBO this autumn.
My Trip To Al Qaeda stems from a collaboration between Gibney and Pulitzer-Prize winning author and journalist Lawrence Wright.
The project brings Wright’s acclaimed one-man play to the screen and was developed from Wright’s 2006 bestseller The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda And The Road To 9/11.
In it, Wright chronicles fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power and the dilemma he faces as a writer in maintaining his objectivity.
This is HBO’s second collaboration with Gibney, following the Academy Award winner Taxi To The Dark Side. Gibney will be a familiar presence this year at Tribeca, where he will show a work-in-progress print of Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film and is one of the contributing director on Freakonomics.
HBO negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media’s John Sloss.