'11th Hour' docu on WB agenda


Warner Bros. Pictures is joining the environmental movement with the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced documentary "The 11th Hour," which will be distributed domestically by the studio's specialty film division Warner Independent Pictures while going out abroad through Warner Bros. Pictures International.

Directed by Leila Conners Peterson and Nadia Conners and written by DiCaprio, Conners Petersen and Conners, the film will have its world premiere at this month's Festival de Cannes and is slated for a fall release.

The acquisition was announced jointly by Sue Kroll, president of marketing, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, president of distribution, on behalf of Warner International, and WIP president Polly Cohen.

The title of "11th Hour" refers to the last moment when change is possible, and the film offers interviews about the Earth's ecosystem with more than 50 scientists, thinkers and world leaders, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau.

DiCaprio also narrates the film, which is produced by Chuck Castleberry, Brian Gerber, Conners Peterson and DiCaprio.

Kwan-Rubinek and Kroll said, "This film is a compelling exploration of not only the critical importance of addressing climate change, but also the myriad global challenges that we face today, presented with wide-ranging research and insight."

Cohen added, "Having worked with Leonardo in the past, I know how much he cares about bringing issues of the environment to the forefront of our consciousness."

DiCaprio's last two films, "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond," were released by Warners, and his Appian Way production company also has a deal with the Burbank-based studio.