Berlin: Magnolia, Showtime Acquire Alex Gibney's 'Zero Days'

Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

The documentary, premiering in Berlin, explores the world of cyber war.

Prolific documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney’s latest film, Zero Days, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures and Showtime for the U.S., it was annnounced Tuesday.

Gibney, known for documentaries like Taxi to the Dark Side and Going Clear, wrote and directed the Participant Media project, which will have its world premiere Wednesday at the Berlin International Film Festival. It explores the world of cyber war, telling the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Global Produce’s Marc Shmuger are producing, and Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media and Sarah Dowland are executive producing.

Magnolia, which acquired all U.S. rights excluding paid television, will release Zero Days theatrically in late summer, followed by the film’s television debut on Showtime, which has the paid TV rights.

"Zero Days plays like a harrowing thriller," said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. "This is another brave, illuminating and powerful film from one of our favorite filmmakers and collaborators."

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia senior vp acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia vp acquisitions John Von Thaden, and Josh Braun of Submarine with Gabriel Brakin, executive vp business and legal affairs for Participant Media.

“Participant is thrilled to be teaming up with our friends at Magnolia and Showtime again, and we are confident they will successfully deliver Alex Gibney’s powerful and timely film to U.S. audiences,” said Diane Weyermann, Participant’s exec vp documentary films.

FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.