Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” a documentary about the past, present, and future of the Internet from Werner Herzog.
The “Grizzly Man” auteur features interviews with a range of tech pioneers such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and hacker Kevin Mitnick. They discuss a range of topics ranging from privacy in the digital age to web addiction. In his review, Variety Chief Film Critic Justin Chang wrote, “The virtual future may be now, but ‘Lo and Behold,’ with its stimulating volley of insights and ideas, always feels persistently, defiantly human.”
Magnolia wants to release the film in theaters this year.
The film was written by Herzog and presented by NetScout in association with Saville Productions, Pereira & O’Dell Entertainment and Skellig Rock. Rupert Maconick and Herzog produced the picture.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, with Josh Braun, Dan Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia Head of Worldwide Sales Christina Rogers and Magnolia VP of International Sales Scott Veltri will be representing the film for Magnolia International at EFM. All international rights are available.