Werner Herzog is ‘Gazing into the Abyss’

June 20, 2011

Werner Herzog

The California based German director and screenwriter has another project in the pipeline, to be titled Gazing into the Abyss.

The movie will be a documentary film for which Herzog is so widely known, and which often portray facts being stranger and equally as intriguing as fiction. His films mostly feature heroes with impossible dreams, individuals who find themselves in conflict with nature, and people with unique talents in unusual occupations. Herzog is considered by many as one of the greatest filmmakers in new German cinema. His films have received much critical acclaim and garnered incredible popularity on the art house circuit. But his movies have also attracted much controversy in regard to their themes and messages, and not least for the circumstances in which they are created.

Gazing into the Abyss will likely be just as controversial. It examines the lives of inmates currently on death row. In the film, Herzog uncovers their crimes and personal stories. He engages them in dialogue, discussing among other things life and death. He himself describes the film as “A gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” There’s likely to be plenty of shock factor, among the inmates Herzog engages with is a man charged with killing his girlfriend and her two mentally retarded sons, two men charged with triple murder, and a woman charged with abducting a newborn baby and killing its mother.

TV and theatrical rights outside the U.S. and U.K. will be handled by ZDF Enterprises. The production is a joint effort between Creative Differences, Skellig Rock, Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film.

Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), another documentary film, is currently enjoying huge success across the U.S., grossing $4 million to mid-June — making it the highest grossing independently released documentary so far this year. The film examines 30,000 year old paintings found on the wall of a cave in Chauvet, France in 1994 by speleologist Jean-Marie Chauvet.

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