CNN Films Acquires Roger Ebert Documentary Exec Produced by Martin Scorsese

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CNN Films Acquires Roger Ebert Documentary Exec Produced by Martin Scorsese
CNN Films has decided to use the Sundance Film Festival to announce its intentions to further muscle into the documentary film game with three new big projects. And they’ve got some heavy-hitting names involved. First, the company has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to a documentary about author and film critic Roger Ebert based on his memoir “Life Itself.” “Hoop Dreams” helmer Steve James is directing the film, with Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian aboard as executive producers. Kartemquin Films and Film Rites are producing, and the finished film will be released theatrically before it airs on CNN in 2014. Also on the docket is a project from Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein (“Fightville”), who will direct a documentary about the days after 9/11 constructed solely from still photography. It is scheduled to air on CNN this year, as is an untitled project from “Page One: Inside the New York Times” filmmaker.
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