By Anne Thompson and Jay Fernandez | Thompson on Hollywood January 19, 2013 at 9:02PM
Showtime has acquired broadcast rights to Alison Ellwood’s comprehensive documentary “History of the Eagles,” which has yet to world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) produced the two-part effort, which will screen in the Documentary Premieres program. Ellwood has worked on Gibney's films as co-director and/or editor. Gibney has another film, a doc about Wikileaks, in the Sundance lineup.
Using never-before-seen home movies, archival footage and new interviews with members of the best-selling, long-running band, Ellwood pieces together both the history and the legacy of their music. Showtime plans to air both parts in February (only Part 1 is on show in Park City), on the 15th and 16th.
Showtime also has R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton’s “The World According to Dick Cheney” showing at Sundance. The company plans to air the doc sometime in the Spring.
The filmmakers handled the negotiation with Showtime.