Showtime announced plans to release a documentary filmed over a span of six years examining WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. The project, “Risk,” comes from Academy Award winner Laura Poitras.
“Filmed over six years including through the 2016 presidential election and up to the present moment, ‘Risk’ takes viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him,” Showtime says in its announcement. “With unprecedented access, Poitras gives us the WikiLeaks story from the inside, allowing viewers to understand our current era of massive leaks, headline-grabbing news, and the revolutionary impact of the Internet on global politics.”
Showtime Networks has partnered with Neon to release the movie theatrically nationwide, with a television premiere on Showtime to take place this summer.
Said Poitras: “It is an exciting time to be working with Showtime and Neon. Both organizations are thinking outside the box about how to bring complex stories to a wide audience. I am thrilled to team up with them on ‘Risk.'”
The announcement adds: “‘Risk’ is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. It is a first-person geopolitical thriller told from the perspective of a filmmaker immersed in the worlds of state surveillance and the cypherpunk movement. ‘Risk’ confirms Poitras’ directorial ability to record history as it unfolds on camera, and craft narratives at the highest level.”
“Risk” is produced in association with Field of Vision and First Look Media, and is executive produced by Sam Esmail, the creator of “Mr. Robot.”
Here’s the trailer …