ZDF Enterprises has acquired the worldwide TV and theatrical rights (excluding the U.S. and UK) to Werner Herzog’s documentary Gazing into the Abyss – A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life (pictured).
Herzog’s new 90-minute feature or 4 x 50-minute series documentary is a coproduction of Skellig Rock, Creative Differences, Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film.
In Gazing into the Abyss – A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, filmmaker Herzog meets with Death Row prisoners to talk about life and death, as he tells their stories and explores what their crimes were.
Some of the inmates portrayed in the film include Hank Skinner (pictured), sentenced to death for the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend and her two mentally retarded sons; Linda Carty, one of only 10 women on Death Row in Texas, who was convicted for abducting a newborn baby boy; and Michael Perry, who was convicted for triple murder and was executed eight days after the conversation with Herzog.
This series was unveiled at Investigation Discovery’s (ID) Upfront presentation, where the doc project has the title of Werner Herzog’s Final Confessions.
In related news, ZDF has appointed Thomas Bellut the new general director of the German public broadcaster. Currently ZDF’s program director, Bellut will take on his new role on March 15, 2012.