One of the great documentarians of the past two decades has been Alex Gibney. Gibney is one of the most prolific documentarians, both as a director and producer. Since 2015, he’s released 8 documentaries, including “Going Clear” and “Sinatra.” He helped bring other true stories to Netflix with his docu-series “Dirty Money.” Now he’s bringing a new series to Showtime which will focus on the most divisive man in the country. His new series, “Enemies: The President, Justice & FBI” will follow the FBI investigation of Donald Trump.
At TCA, Showtime announced they had greenlit Gibney’s latest project. The series will be based on Tim Weiner‘s book “Enemies: A History of the FBI,” which released in 2012. Gibney will break the docu-series into 4 parts. The first will air on November 18th, 2018. The overall scope of the series will go far beyond Trump, dating back to the origins of the FBI. It appears that Gibney is using Trump’s issues with the bureau as a jumping point to really explore the relationships between the Executive Branch and the FBI since Nixon.
Looking through history, the FBI has been demonized by other political groups before Trump. The problem for our current President is that the FBI usually wins. It is also curious to note that the documentary series will air almost 2 weeks after the midterms. It appears that Gibney and Showtime are hoping to stay out of the politics of it all. Gibney’s projects have varied in quality over his most recent run. For the most part, they are above average to good. However, few would say his recent run has been extraordinary by his high standards. It’ll be curious to see how viewers respond.