The busy Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney is taking on another issue, as he executive produces the Hulu original limited series The Looming Tower, which follows the rise of Osama Bin Laden and how the rampant rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have facilitated the 9/11 tragedies.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, this series follows the rise of Al-Qaeda and bin Laden in the late 1990s. It focuses on members of the I-49 squad in New York, the FBI’s counter-terrorism division, and its CIA counterpart Alec Station in the nation’s capital. They are supposedly working towards the same goal – preventing terrorism in the United States – but each sector’s wish to own the information impedes them all.
“For those who are watching on television, your government failed you,” a particular poignant scene declares. The trailer shows just how dangerous the rivalry may have been as sides fight for dominance.
This Hulu-exclusive series comes premieres February 28th. I’m sure our government is thrilled.