Magnolia Pictures has announced that they have acquired Michael Almereyda's film Experimenter for North American distribution. Experimenter centers on the infamous obedience experiments conducted by Stanley Milgram in the 1960s, with Peter Sarsgaard portraying Milgram. Almereyda received the Sloan Commissioning Grant from the Sundance Institute in 2008 for the screenplay, in addition to a 2009 Sloan grant from Tribeca Film Institute's Filmmaker Fund.
Critical reception for Experimenter has been positive since its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, with Variety's Scott Foundas writing, "The controversial social psychologist Stanley Milgram gets a biopic as polymorphous as one of his own research studies in Experimenter, a highly formal, always fascinating movie from writer-director Michael Almereyda, who here delivers his most fully realized effort in the 15 years since his modern-dress Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke."
Experimenter is currently on the festival circuit and was recently announced as the Closing Night film at the San Francisco International Film Festival in May. Though there is no word yet on an official release date, Magnolia is planning a theatrical release for later this year.