As the complicated dynamic between the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia continues to dominate the news, Alex Gibney (Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI) and Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower) have teamed to produce House of Saud (working title), a documentary feature that will explore the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, for Showtime Documentary Films.
Beginning with the October murder of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, the feature will explore the history between the two nations in the decades leading up to today’s troubling interactions between the Trump administration and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Gibney will produce under his Jigsaw Productions banner in collaboration with Wright.
The film marks the third collaboration for Gibney and Wright, who previously teamed on Emmy-nominated series The Looming Tower and the three-time Emmy-winning documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, based on Wright’s book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.
Gibney is a preeminent documentarian whose projects have earned him an Academy Award, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, and Writers Guild Awards. Gibney was awarded the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award in 2013 and the first ever Christopher Hitchens Prize in 2015. Wright is an acclaimed author, staff writer at the New Yorker, and was awarded the Pulitzer for his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.