Laura Poitras makes relevant documentary that matter, such as Citizenfour, the 2014 feature about NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Poitras latest docu, Risk, about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Fest.
Showtime will partner with Neon on a theatrical release, then will debut the film on television this summer.
Shot over six years, Risk tells the story of Assange and Wikileaks, the controversial organization he founded to publish and provide access to secret information, often classified by governments.
Poitras gained unprecedented access to Assange, currently exiled in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The director is in the process of updating the film to extend its story through the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, during which Wikileaks released thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, and to the present day.
“It is an exciting time to be working with Showtime and Neon,” said Poitras. “Both organizations are thinking outside the box about how to bring complex stories to a wide audience. I am thrilled to team up with them on ‘Risk.’”
“Risk” is produced in association with Field of Vision and First Look Media, and is executive produced by “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail.
Showtime debuted a trailer for the documentary Sunday night during the season finale of “Homeland.”