The producers of a global warming documentary starring former Vice President Al Gore have landed a worldwide distribution deal with Paramount Pictures’ specialty label, the Viacom Inc.-owned studio said Tuesday.
“An Inconvenient Truth,” profiling Gore’s campaign to raise awareness about the links between carbon emissions and climate change and making his case for what should be done about it, will open in U.S. theaters on May 26, Paramount said.
The release schedule for other territories has not been decided, a studio spokeswoman said.
The 95-minute film, which grew out of Gore’s lecture circuit PowerPoint presentation on global warming, premiered to favorable reviews last month at the Sundance Film Festival.
The documentary is directed by Davis Guggenheim, whose credits also include the HBO western “Deadwood,” the FX cop show “The Shield” and the public television production “The First Year.”
Executive producers include Laurie David, the wife of actor-producer Larry David, the star of HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
The production company behind the film, Participant Productions, also produced politically based films “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Syriana.”
The commercial opening of the film in May will coincide with release of the book version of “An Inconvenient Truth” by Rodale Books as a follow-up to the former Democratic presidential nominee’s 1992 bestseller “Earth in the Balance.”