Magnolia Pictures has acquired domestic distribution rights to a documentary based on the bestselling non-fiction book, Freakonomics. The doc will also premiere as the closing film at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 2. No release date has been announced, but the press release says to expect it in the fall.
The film combines some of the best and most well-known documentarians working in film today.
Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) will tackle a section on cheating in sumo wrestling involving competitors letting their opponent win in order for them to meet the necessary eight win requirement.
Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directed a piece on the socio-economic influence on baby names.
Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) focused on a controversial theory in the book on why there was a dramatic drop in crime during the 1990s. In the book, author Steven Levitt cited studies that showed children born to adversity were far more likely to become criminals and suggested the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion in 1973 impacted those families.
Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) provided brief interludes between the segments, including commentary from the authors.
While Freakonomics may not be out in theaters until this fall, in the meantime I highly recommend you watch any of the documentaries listed above. They’re all very well-done, fascinating films.