Another year, another documentary or two from the preposterously prolific Alex Gibney. As Gibney’s Scientology documentary, Going Clear, is set to debut on HBO, Magnolia announced over the weekend that they will be distributing Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine, a documentary about the late Apple CEO and tech pioneer. The formidable distributor has a long history of picking up Gibney’s documentaries, having last paired with him on the 2011 doc Magic Trip, about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Talking about their new acquisition, Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles opined, “Once again Alex Gibney takes on an iconic figure and masterfully reveals the complexities and motivations behind the Steve Jobs facade that has inspired the world.” No release date has been set yet for the Steve Jobs doc.
Meanwhile, Paramount announced today that they have both picked up North American distribution rights and have set a release date of September 18th, 2015 for Jerry Jameson‘s Captive. Adapted by Brian Bird from Ashley Smith‘s book, Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero, the story revolves around the day Smith ( House of Cards‘ Kate Mara) was taken hostage by Brian Nichols (Selma‘s David Oyelowo), a murderer and fugitive who was also accused of rape, and how Smith survived the ordeal through talking and spiritually connecting with her captor. The film also stars Mimi Rogers, Leonor Varela, and Michael Kenneth Williams, who will next be seen in HBO’s Bessie and Tim Blake Nelson‘s Anesthesia. Oyelowo recently wrapped on Nina, the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana, while Mara will next be seen as Sue Storm in the hotly anticipated Fantastic Four reboot.