CNN Films has acquired the U.S. television rights for Pandora’s Promise (pictured), Robert Stone’s provocative documentary about nuclear power, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
The film argues that “that long-held fears about nuclear power may be wrong,” in spite of headline-grabbing accidents at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima; and that nuclear power may be what is needed to combat the worldwide crisis of climate change.
“I made this film in order to illuminate what I see as the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes to the ongoing debate about how to tackle climate change,” Stone said. “We have a moral imperative to lift billions of people out of poverty, while at the same time dramatically reducing CO2 emissions. How to do that is the central issue of our time, and that led me to take a second look at nuclear energy.”
The film will premiere on CNN in the U.S. this November, following the doc’s U.S. theatrical premiere on June 12.
“Pandora’s Promise should inspire broad discussion on the fundamental issues of economic and social disparities and environmental risks,” said Amy Entelis, senior VP for talent and content development at CNN Worldwide. “This is precisely the type of challenging debate we had hoped for when we conceived the mission for CNN Films.”
Vinnie Malhotra, CNN Worldwide’s senior VP of development and acquisitions, added: “Robert approaches this issue with a journalist’s sensibilities. He reports the history and how we got here, spotlights the challenges, and systematically debunks the myths and misinformation that have so clouded this essential debate – before this important film.”
The deal was negotiated by Dan Cogan of Impact Partners and Andrew Herwitz, president of the Film Sales Company, on behalf of the filmmakers.