Sundance: Russian Doping Doc 'Icarus' Goes to Netflix


Bryan Fogel wrote and directed the doc that delves into Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.

The Russian doping documentary Icarus has been acquired by Netflix for worldwide rights.

The doc focuses on Russian "anti-doping" doctor Grigory Rodchenkov, who became a whistle-blower, detailing Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program that took place ahead of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

Bryan Fogel directed the doc, which he co-wrote with Mark Monroe.

Fogel also produced alongside Dan Cogan, David Fialkow and Jim Swartz. Timothy Rode, Maiken Baird, Teddy Leifer and Craig Sims exec produced.

Icarus made its world premiere in Sundance's U.S. Documentary Competition on Friday, one day before a cyber attack shut down the festival's box office, prompting speculation that it may be the cause given its unflattering portrayal of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The FBI is investigating the cyber attack.

The streamer has been on a doc-buying binge at this year's fest, already having nabbed the rights to Casting JonBenet, Nobody Speak and global warming doc Chasing Coral

UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.