20 Feet from Stardom‘s Morgan Neville is taking on the task of an Anthony Bourdain documentary, according to Deadline. The film is for CNN Films, HBO Max, and Focus Features.
The doc will show the “uncommon life of the late storyteller, explorer and chef” Anthony Bourdain. Before it goes to platforms such as the coming soon HBO Max, it will be hitting theaters thanks to Focus Features. In tandem with the theatrical release, CNN will air it. Finally, it will find a home on HBO Max.
CNN Films and HBO Max are slated to executive produce the doc with Neville’s Tremolo Productions acting as producer.
Neville is a clear choice for the doc. He’s come off of the Mister Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and is in the process of a Mickey Mouse doc for Disney’s very own streaming service.
“Morgan is the top of the game.”
Focus Features’ Peter Kujawski expressed Neville was the right man for the job when it comes to documentaries and that they’re happy to be working with him. “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.”
CNN Films’ Amy Entails also sung Neville’s praise and shared excitement about working with him. “We are thrilled that Morgan will bring his singular voice to this film, revealing what we loved so much about Tony,” she said and went on discussing the Focus Features and HBO Max partnership. “Partnering with Focus Features and HBO Max ensures even more of Tony’s devoted fans will be able to celebrate him.”
Bourdain ended his own life mid-last year while on-site for Parts Unknown. That year, Italian actress Asia Argento, the then-girlfriend of Bourdain and one of the first accusers against the disgraced Harvey Weinstein, was accused of having sex with then-child actor Jimmy Bennett, who was 17 at the time in a location where its age of consent is 18. While she denied it, she did admit Bourdain paid a sum of money to Bennett to “stop Bennett from harassing them.”