1091 Pictures has acquired director Brent Hodge’s feature documentary Pharma Bro, produced by Blumhouse Television (The Jinx, Pray Away) and Hodgee Films.
The film profiles the rise and fall of Martin Shkreli. Hodge (I Am Chris Farley, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary) delves into the 21st century rise of bro culture while telling a story of fraud, greed and the attainment of infamy.
Pharma Bro includes footage of Shkreli, and interviews with Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah; online influencer, musical artist and friend of Shkreli, Billy The Fridge; journalist Christie Smythe, who upended her life for Shkreli; and Shkreli’s defense attorney Ben Brafman, among others.
1091 Pictures will release the film on digital for purchase or rental starting Oct. 5.
Shkreli, the 38-year-old financial entrepreneur and pharmaceutical tycoon from Brooklyn, New York, was dubbed “the most hated man in America” by the media after he rose to infamy in 2015 for price gouging the prescription drug Daraprim by 5,500% overnight depriving patients of the life-saving medication. He is currently serving a prison sentence for a 2017 conviction for securities fraud.
“We are very excited to bring this one to market,” Danny Grant, SVP, film and partnerships for 1091 Pictures, said in a statement. “The only way to tell this story accurately is through the unprecedented access Brent was able to achieve. Audiences are finally going to fully understand how Shkreli came to be Pharma Bro.”
The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers and Grant for 1091 Pictures. Executive producers are Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Mary Lisio, Brent Hodge, Conrad Whelan, Steve Russell and Ryan McKillen. Producers are Aly Kelly and Jasleen Kaur.
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