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HBO Acquires 'Al Qaeda' Doc

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 19th 2010 8:28PM
HBO picks up Lawrence Wright's 'My Trip to Al Qaeda' HBO picks up Lawrence Wright's 'My Trip to Al Qaeda' This fall, HBO will bring journalist Lawrence Wright's perspective on Al Qaeda to light in yet another format. Wright has been covering the subject since 2001 for the New Yorker, won a Pulitzer for his 2007 book 'The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," and put his more personal observations into a one-man show called 'My Trip to Al-Qaeda,' which played in New York City.

HBO announced in a press release last Thursday it has acquired the domestic TV rights to the film documentary version of that one-man show, also called 'My Trip to Al Qaeda,' which will debut sometime this fall. The documentary is a collaboration with director Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar in 2007 for his exploration of torture in Afghanistan, 'Taxi to the Dark Side' and also directed the film adaptation of the book 'Freakonomics.'

According to the New Yorker, Wright has "conducted more than six hundred interviews and traveled to Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and much of Western Europe" to study the subject of Islamic fundamentalism. The clip the New Yorker provides of the one-man show is intriguing, a philosophical look at the history of the conflict and the resulting hatred it has inspired.

Any conclusion Wright draws on Islamic fundamentalism is likely to be challenged by someone, no matter what he has to say. But it can't be anything he hasn't heard over the past eight and a half years. The interesting thing will be to see how his thoughts may have changed over time, even from 2007 to now.

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