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Entertainment Anthony Bourdain Documentary in the Works From '20 Feet From Stardom' Director Morgan Neville

01:55  26 october  2019
01:55  26 october  2019 Source:   thewrap.com

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20 Feet from Stardom is a 2013 American documentary film directed by documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville and was produced by Gil Friesen, a music industry executive whose curiosity to know more about the lives of background singers inspired the making of the film.

A documentary on the life and times of late celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain is in the works from the director of the Oscar-winning doc “ 20 Feet From Stardom ” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Morgan Neville . CNN Films HBO Max and Focus Features are partnering for the “ Morgan is the top of the game when it comes to documentary filmmaking and we’re delighted to be working with him again on this project with our great collaborators at CNN Films and HBO Max,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement. Also Read: Anthony Bourdain Gets 2 (More)

A documentary on the life and times of late celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain is in the works from the director of the Oscar-winning doc "20 Feet From Stardom" and "Won't You Be My Neighbor," Morgan Neville.

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CNN Films HBO Max and Focus Features are partnering for the documentary film, which Focus Features will release in theaters before it makes its TV premiere on CNN and streams on HBO Max. CNN Films and HBO Max will executive produce the film. Neville's Tremolo Productions will produce the film.

"Morgan is the top of the game when it comes to documentary filmmaking and we're delighted to be working with him again on this project with our great collaborators at CNN Films and HBO Max," Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement.

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A feature documentary about late television star and chef Anthony Bourdain is in the works from Focus Features, CNN Films and HBO Max, to be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville . The director , who won an Academy Award for 20 Feet From Stardom and was also behind Bourdain was found dead in a French hotel in June of last year, and the cause of death was later confirmed to be suicide. His death sent a shock wave through the entertainment world,and renewed broader conversations around mental health. “We are thrilled that Morgan will bring his singular voice

B двyх шагах от славы: Directed by Morgan Neville . With Lou Adler, Stephanie 'Stevvi' Alexander, Patti Austin, Chris Botti. Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives 15 minutes into 20 Feet from Stardom you really become excited about the possibilities. You hear familiar songs that are given a new perspective and see the faces that match the voices you fell in love with. But before the film winds down, you have more questions than you did going in.

Bourdain, who died as the result of suicide in June 2018, spent five years with CNN tapping into culture, cuisine and the human condition through his Emmy-winning travel documentary series "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown."

He first burst to prominence with his New York Times bestselling book, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly"

"Anthony Bourdain did more to help us understand each other than just about anyone in the history of television," Neville said in a statement. "He connected with people not in spite of his flaws, but because of them. To have the opportunity to tell his story is humbling. CNN is in the DNA of Tony's work, and the perfect partners in this journey. I'm thrilled to be re-teaming with Focus Features after our journey on 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'. I am also happy that HBO Max will make sure Tony's audience only continues to grow."

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Anthony Bourdain , who passed away last year, dedicated much of his life to sharing the stories of often-unsung culinary geniuses around the world. Now, CNN Films, HBO Max, and Focus Features are teaming up to share his. According to a CNN press release, Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville will produce and direct the documentary . Though you might not know Neville by name, you’ve likely heard of his work . He won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for 2013’s 20 Feet From Stardom , and he most recently made headlines for the overwhelming success of his 2018

Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville ( 20 Feet from Stardom ) will direct and produce a documentary about the late Anthony Bourdain for CNN Films, HBO Max and Focus Features. Described in the announcement as a film about the "uncommon life of the late storyteller, explorer In Morgan Neville ’s hands, we are sure to get a nuanced portrait of the complex, wildly creative man we knew.” The deal between CNN Films and HBO Max and Focus Features was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, senior vice president of business affairs for CNN Worldwide, and Stephanie Schroeder, senior

Neville has spent more than 20 years making documentary films that illuminate and explore the struggles and triumphs of the human condition. In addition to "20 Feet from Stardom," Neville's acclaimed body of work also includes the Emmy-winning "Best of Enemies," as well as "The Music of Strangers."

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?," about the work and life of the incomparable Fred Rogers, is the number one highest-grossing biodoc of all time.

"It requires a filmmaker as expert and prolific as Morgan Neville to capture the essence of a raconteur and world explorer like Anthony Bourdain," said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. "We are honored to partner with CNN Films and Focus Features on this project that is so close to all of our hearts and give viewers the opportunity to celebrate his legacy."

This project is the third announced film collaboration between CNN Films and HBO Max. Previously announced features include "The Scoop" and "Persona."

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Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville —who took home an Academy Award for 20 Feet from Stardom and made last year’s hit documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?—the upcoming Bourdain documentary will A press release for the yet-unnamed documentary said it “will provide access to family photos, home movies, letters, music, and other content that will add greater insights into his work and life.” Bourdain , who had a successful career as a chef, writer and host of the CNN series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which earned 12 Emmy wins throughout its five-year stint.

Neville doubled down on his decision to replicate Anthony 's voice using this technology and said he checked with his widow and literary executor to make sure it was OK. In a tweet posted on July 16, Ottavia Bourdain , Anthony 's ex-wife, denied ever giving her consent. "I certainly was NOT the one who said Tony would have been cool with that," she wrote. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville ( 20 Feet From Stardom , Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly.

"We are thrilled that Morgan will bring his singular voice to this film, revealing what we loved so much about Tony, CNN Films EVP of talent and content development Amy Entelis said in a statement. "Partnering with Focus Features and HBO Max ensures even more of Tony's devoted fans will be able to celebrate him."

Lydia Tenaglia and Christopher Collins, founders of Zero Point Zero Production (ZPZ), creative collaborators with Bourdain for nearly two decades, including the series "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown," will be consulting producers for the film.

Kimberly Witherspoon, Bourdain's longtime agent and literary executor, will also serve as a consulting producer. The Bourdain estate will provide access to family photos, home movies, letters, music, and other content that will add greater insights into his work and life.

"Having worked with Anthony Bourdain for close to 20 years, Chris Collins and I felt very protective over the story of his life and the decision on who to direct it. In Morgan Neville's hands, we are sure to get a nuanced portrait of the complex, wildly creative man we knew," Tenaglia said.

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The deal between CNN Films and HBO Max and Focus Features was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, senior vice president of business affairs for CNN Worldwide, and Stephanie Schroeder, senior vice president for business affairs for direct-to-consumer content for WarnerMedia, on behalf of CNN Films and HBO Max, respectively, with Carol Smithson, vice president for business and legal affairs for Focus Features.

CNN Films recently executive produced the Todd Douglas Miller-directed and produced "Apollo 11," an archival documentary exploring the historic NASA mission that resulted in humanity's first steps on the moon and safe return home. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice," about the life and musical journey of the legendary singer, was also executive produced by CNN Films, and is currently in theaters. "Scandalous," about the history and cultural influence of the National Enquirer newspaper, directed by Mark Landsman will open in theaters Nov. 15.

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