Showtime Tackles U.S.-Saudi Arabia Issues With Alex Gibney Doc

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Showtime and documentarian Alex Gibney are teaming up for a film about the complex relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

The Oscar- and Emmy-winning Gibney will produce a feature-length documentary with the working title House of Saud. Using the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a starting point, the film will examine the shared history of the two nations leading up to the Trump administration's current relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Gibney is producing via his Jigsaw Films banner in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. House of Saud will be their third project together, following the Emmy-winning HBO doc Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Hulu's scripted series The Looming Tower. Both are based on books by Wright.

The Saudi film is the latest of several projects Gibney has worked on for Showtime. He is an executive producer of the premium cabler's docuseries Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI and Zero Days and produced the 2013 doc History of the Eagles. Gibney also directed a 2017 episode of the network's series Billions.

There is no word yet on an airdate for House of Saud.