UK pubcaster Channel 4 and premium cable net HBO have co-commissioned a feature documentary about Mohammed Emwazi, also known as British terrorist Jihadi John.
Produced by London-headquartered Nutopia in association with Live Media, The Hunt for Jihadi John (1 x 90 minutes) chronicles the life of Emwazi from his ordinary life in London to becoming the notorious ISIS terrorist who beheaded numerous hostages. The film also explores the lives of the hostages, and the emotional and mental anguish of the family members whose relatives were brutally murdered by Emwazi.
The one-off special features first-hand accounts of members of the CIA, Pentagon and British intelligence operatives who speak publicly for the first time about the hunt for Emwazi. The operatives also reveal their own failures in the fight against ISIS and examines the worldview of “Jihadi millennials” who use social media as recruitment platforms.
Channel 4 current affairs commissioner Siobhan Sinnerton commissioned The Hunt for Jihadi John. The film is directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Anthony Wonke. It’s written and produced by BAFTA-winning filmmaker and journalist Richard Kerbaj.
Entertainment One will distribute the documentary worldwide, excluding to the U.S. and the UK.
The Hunt for Jihadi John is the latest collaboration between HBO and Channel 4 and comes after the recent release of Dan Reed’s Michael Jackson-focused docuseries Leaving Neverland.
The Hunt for Jihadi John premieres May 20 at 9 p.m. on Channel 4. The documentary will then air on HBO later this summer.