Soon-to-launch streaming service HBO Max has announced it’s teaming up with CNN Films and Focus features to produce a new documentary about the “uncommon life of the late storyteller, explorer and chef” Anthony Bourdain, to be directed and produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, director of such documentaries as “20 Feet from Stardom” and last year’s Mr. Rogers-focused “Won’t You be My Neighbor”.
“Anthony Bourdain did more to help us understand each other than just about anyone in the history of television,” said Neville 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.”
“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,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski in a statement.
“We are thrilled that Morgan will bring his singular voice to this film, revealing what we loved so much about Tony. Partnering with Focus Features and HBO Max ensures even more of Tony’s devoted fans will be able to celebrate him,” added Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development, on behalf of CNN Films.
“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 for Warner Media-owned HBO Max. “We are honoured 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.”
No word yet on when the still-untitled documentary will be available to stream; HBO Max is expected to launch in the spring of 2020.