Explosive Khashoggi documentary available only on demand

A film on the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which features never before seen footage and information, is set to debut on-demand on Friday, AP reported on Wednesday.

Efforts by director Bryan Fogel for media companies not be scared off by the explosive nature of “The Dissident,” have proved ineffective, AP said, as no company, including Netflix, Amazon, HBO or others have stepped forward.

A prominent critic of the Saudi government, Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul by a team of Saudi agents. The remains of the 59-year-old, who was last seen entering the building on Oct. 2, 2018, were never found.

The cool reception from larger media companies to the lethal, real-life geopolitical thriller that is “The Dissident,” raises questions about the future of political films on large and potentially increasingly risk-shy streaming services, AP said. 

Many of the major streamers were present the day the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, director Fogel said.

“I would have hoped that would have led to: ‘We’re going to get behind this film.’ But it didn’t,” AP cited Fogel as saying. “We didn’t have an offer for $1 let alone $1 million — let alone the $12 million paid for ‘Boys State,’which is a wonderful film, but it’s about 17-year-old boys playing mock politics in Texas.”

“The Dissident” will be available for rent on places like iTunes, Amazon and Roku following a two-week run in about 200 theatres, according to AP.