Doco Helmers Team For Freakonomics

A group of documentary directors are teaming for a project based on “Freakonomics,” the bestselling book in which economist Steven D. Levitt uses theory and statistics to analyze pop culture phenomena reports Variety.

Chad Troutwine (“Paris je t’aime”) and Seth Gordon (“The King of Kong”) will produce, whilst Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”), Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (“Jesus Camp”), Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”), Laura Poitras (“My Country My Country”), Eugene Jarecki (“Why We Fight”) and Jehane Noujaim (“Control Room”) will each direct a segment on chapters in the book with the 15 minute segments bound together to make a feature-length film.

Written by Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, “Freakonomics” has sold more than 3 million copies by using economic theories to analyze issues ranging from whether Adam Vinatieri could realistically be called football’s most clutch field goal kicker to more serious claims that teachers and sumo wrestlers cheat, that swimming pools are more dangerous to children than guns and that the drop in crime can be attributed to Roe v. Wade.

Shooting will begin shooting in January and will be completed by summer.