CNN Films, HBO Max and Focus Features are partnering on a documentary feature about the late traveller, chef and broadcaster Anthony Bourdain, to be directed and produced by Morgan Neville.
Focus Features will release the documentary exclusively in theatres worldwide before the film premieres on television on CNN and streams via WarnerMedia stablemate HBO Max. CNN Films and HBO Max will serve as executive producers, and Neville’s Tremolo Productions will produce the film.
The Bourdain estate will provide access to family photos, home movies, letters, music, and other content that will add insight into his work and life.
Lydia Tenaglia and Christopher Collins, founders of Zero Point Zero Production and creative collaborators with Bourdain for nearly two decades, will be consulting producers, as will Kimberly Witherspoon, Bourdain’s longtime agent and literary executor.
The project marks the third announced film collaboration between CNN Films and HBO Max after The Scoop (working title) and Persona (working title).
The deal between CNN Films and HBO Max and Focus Features was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, senior vice-president of business affairs for CNN Worldwide, and Stephanie Schroeder, senior vice-president for business affairs for direct-to-consumer content for WarnerMedia, on behalf of CNN Films and HBO Max, respectively, with Carol Smithson, vice-president for business and legal affairs, for Focus Features.