Studio picks up rights to Sundance favorite
HOLLYWOOD — Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Eugene Jarecki’s “Why We Fight.” The documentary won the grand jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Inspired by President Eisenhower’s farewell speech, in which the phrase “military industrial complex” was first used, Jarecki’s pic mixes personal stories with commentary from the likes of Sen. John McCain, author Gore Vidal, CIA critic Chalmers Johnson, former Bush administration adviser Richard Perle and retired New York City policeman Wilton Sekzer.
Jarecki (“The Trials of Henry Kissinger”) wrote and directed the film, which he produced with Susannah Shipman. Roy Ackerman, Nick Fraser and Hans Robert Eisenhauer exec produced.