LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - HBO has acquired Alex
Gibney's Oscar-nominated documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side,"
which probes the death of an innocent taxi driver at the hands
of U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan.
The move comes two weeks after Gibney accused Discovery
Communications, which bought the rights to the film in June, of
dropping it from the schedule because it was deemed "too
controversial" by the cable network's management team.
"Taxi" will premiere uncut on HBO in September. Discovery
will retain the basic-cable rights, and said Thursday that it
plans to air it -- next year.
Gibney, whose credits also include the Oscar-nominated
documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," said he
"feels great" about the prospect of HBO airing the documentary
during the final stage of the presidential campaign.
"This is a vital issue for the campaign," he said.
"Retaining the national character while we fight the war on
terror is an issue every true candidate has to wrestle with."
Gibney took on the project at the urging of his ailing
father, a former Navy interrogator who was infuriated by the
stories of torture practices employed by the U.S. military. It
was released theatrically by ThinkFilm in January.