Less than a week after his first Oscar nomination, Marine veteran Adam Driver lit up the Sundance Film Festival with the premiere of "The Report," a political thriller that follows Senate staffer Daniel Jones as he leads an investigation into the CIA's post-9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program.
The film screened Saturday night and, less than two days later, Amazon had jumped in and bought worldwide rights to the movie for a rumored $14 million. Veteran screenwriter Scott Z. Burns ("The Bourne Ultimatum," "Side Effects," "Contagion") wrote and directed the movie, and Steven Soderbergh (who's directed three of Burns' screenplays) is one of the producers.
Driver attracted an all-star cast that includes Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Matthew Rhys, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Morrison, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll and Ted Levine.
In the film, Senate Intelligence Committee staffer Jones (played by Driver) stumbles upon evidence that the enhanced interrogation techniques adopted by the CIA after 9/11 have proven to be ineffective. When the committee tries to release the information, both the agency and the White House fight to keep it secret.
There's no word yet as to when (or even if) Amazon will release the movie in theaters or when it'll make it available to stream on Amazon Prime. We'll keep watch and let you know when it's coming out. In the meantime, check out this interview with Burns and the cast from Sundance.