Federal judges are withdrawing from the gerrymandering debate, but Magnolia Pictures is jumping into the fray. Magnolia has acquired the North American rights to “Slay the Dragon” from Participant Media.
Directed by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance, the documentary couldn’t be more timely given the ruling on Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court that federal judges must stay out of gerrymandering disputes.
It’s a decision that effectively gives state legislatures unfettered authority to redraw electoral maps as a tactic for consolidating political power.
Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles said the film illuminates a genuine menace that could undermine the political process in every corner of the country. “Gerrymandering is one of the biggest threats to our democracy and “Slay the Dragon” is a fantastic primer to what’s at stake, in addition to an incredibly cinematic, emotional film. Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance have done a marvelous job telling this story.”
Magnolia is eyeing a spring 2020 theatrical release for “Slay the Dragon.”
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