Famous for his various acclaimed documentaries like “Going Clear,” “Mea Maxima Culpa,” “Taxi to the Dark Side,” “Client 9,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and “We Steal Secrets,” documentarian Alex Gibney is getting into the narrative feature business.
Gibney has become attached to direct the 1971-set political thriller “The Action” for Lionsgate, the project marking his first non-documentary feature.
The action follows eight anti-war activists who stole and made public classified FBI documents that exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign of spying and blackmail against Vietnam War protesters. Details of documents were then leaked to reporter Betty Medsger, who wrote the book “The Burglary: The Discovery Of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.”
Gibeny will direct from a script by Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion”) who will produce with Michael Sugar (“Spotlight”), Ashley Zalta, Meredith Milton and Participant Media.