Cannes: George Clooney-Produced Doc 'Art of Political Murder' Heads to Market

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The project — which is being introduced to buyers by Independent — was previously a series with Amazon.

HBO has swooped in on the George Clooney-produced feature documentary The Art of Political Murder, which is heading to market in Cannes with sales banner Independent. 

The real-life political thriller, which was previously with Amazon as a series, was acquired for North America by HBO Documentary Films and comes from Oscar-winning producers Rise Films and Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures.

Based on Francisco Goldman’s book of the same name, The Art of Political Murder is set to uncover the truth behind the brutal murder of Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi that stunned a country ravaged by decades of political violence. Just two days after presenting a damning report blaming the atrocities of the civil war on the Guatemalan military, Bishop Gerardi is found dead in his home. Fearing a cover-up, the church assembles a team of young investigators to take on the case. They begin to unearth a web of conspiracy and murder, entangling the upper echelons of the government. But as they edge closer to the truth, will the country’s criminal underbelly succeed in silencing them?

The film is being directed by award-winning helmer Paul Taylor (We Are Together), with Rise Film’s Teddy Leifer (Icarus) and Artemis Rising Foundation’s Regina K. Scully producing. Megan Davis is co-producing, along with Masahiro Hirakubo (Trainspotting, Virunga).

Clooney and Heslov serve as executive producers, with associate producers Jan Pace and James Atherton from Quickfire Films and Cora Palfrey and Sarah Lebutsch from Independent, along with Chris Matson and Sarah Shepard. HBO Documentary Films is co-producing.