James Marsh and Simon Chinn’s (Man on Wire’s director and producer) latest documentary, Project Nim, has been acquired by HBO. Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, announced that the network has acquired all U.S. rights, including theatrical, video and broadcast.
Project Nim is the story of chimpanzee Nim, who was raised and nurtured as a human child in a 1970s experiment. The doc is also the opening night film of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the world cinema documentary competition.
The deal was brokered by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and HBO Documentary Films. HBO will be looking for U.S. theatrical and DVD distribution at Sundance, and will be working with Submarine and Icon Entertainment International on the negotiations.