CNN Films, HBO Max, and Focus Features will partner to produce a documentary film about the life and works of the late chef, author and documentarian, Anthony Bourdain.
The documentary will be directed by Morgan Neville, the director of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ based on the story of Mr. Rogers; and the man behind ’20 Feet From Stardom,’ 2013 Academy Award Best Documentary Film winner.
The film will show unreleased footage of Bourdain that was originally taken for his best-known work, ‘Parts Unknown.’ The documentary will premiere on select movie theaters before being released on HBO Max and CNN.
Morgan Neville released a statement about the documentary:
“Anthony Bourdain did more to help us understand each other than just about anyone in the history of television. 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 reteaming 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.”
There’s still no word when the documentary will be released but considering that HBO Max will launch in Spring 2020 we’ll have to wait until then, to say the least.
As you may remember, Bourdain died in June 2018 after a long fight with depression. This documentary sounds like a good way to honor his memory.