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Production Underway on Ebert Documentary

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire February 6, 2013 at 10:22AM

Television rights to the film have also been acquired by CNN Films.
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Roger Ebert at the opening night of Ebertfest 2011.
Roger Ebert at the opening night of Ebertfest 2011.

Opening soon at a theater near you: "Life Itself," the documentary based on film critic Roger Ebert's memoir of the same name. Reel Chicago reports that production on the doc is underway, and that director Steve James has been shooting interviews "and combing through Ebert's massive personal archive" since last December. Reel Chicago also provides some sneak previews of the talking heads we should expect to see in the finished film, including "Ebert, Tribune columnist Rick Krogan, painter Bruce Elliott" and New York Times critic and one-time Ebert replacement on television A.O. Scott.

That article also mentions a bit of news that slipped by me when it was first announced last month; "Life Itself," which is being executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian, will eventually be broadcast by CNN, which acquired the U.S. TV rights to the film at Sundance and plans to air it in 2014 after a theatrical release by a "to-be-determined distributor." The specific dates for all of this are still up in the air and will depend, James told Reel Chicago, "on when the film is actually completed." But it sounds like it won't be too long before "Life Itself" is at the movies.

Read more of "James Starts Doc Production on Roger Ebert's Memoir."

[H/T "Life Itself"'s Twitter account, @EbertDoc]

This article is related to: Roger Ebert Fellowship , Siskel and Ebert, Roger Ebert (1942-2013)


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