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Sundance Deals: Magnolia Pictures Acquires Worldwide Rights to Werner Herzog’s ‘Lo and Behold’

Documentary explores the past, present and future of the Internet

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to Werner Herzog‘s “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” the company announced Wednesday.

The documentary explores the past, present and future of the Internet. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival this week, “Lo and Behold” features interviews with tech pioneers, like PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk.

The film is looking at a 2016 theatrical release. Working with cyber security company NetScout, the film takes audiences through a series of conversations that highlight how the world has been transformed by the Internet in virtually every space of the real world, including business, education, healthcare and space travel.

“My dream at Sundance to take off from the Olympic ramp on skis remains unfulfilled, but I am even more exhilarated by the fact that my film now is taking flight through Magnolia,” said Herzog.

“As only he can do, Werner Herzog has crafted an endlessly entertaining and thought-provoking analysis of modern technology,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Through his unique and inquisitive vision, ‘Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World’ allows audiences to experience the Internet in new ways.”

Written and directed by Herzog, the film was produced by Rupert Maconick and Herzog. Jim McNiel of NetScout, Dave Arnold, Tennille Teague and David Moore served as executive producers.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, with Josh Braun, Dan Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.