After months of courtship, HBO has closed a reported seven-figure deal for the U.S. rights to an untitled Barack Obama documentary produced by actor Edward Norton, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In early 2006, Norton and his Class 5 Films received permission from the Obama camp to produce a documentary about his history in politics. Directors Amy Rice and Alicia Sams were granted extensive access to film the then-Illinois senator before he launched his presidential run in 2007 and have continued their shoot through his historic victory last week.
Over 2 1/2 years, the filmmakers had “unprecedented” access to the candidate, his family, friends and campaign volunteers, the network said. Sam Pollard, editor of HBO’s Spike Lee documentary “When the Levees Broke,” has been hired to edit the Obama film. The documentary is scheduled to air sometime in the spring.
“Senator Obama’s history-making race for the White House has given our film a perfect framework to explore the pulse of the country at this vital moment in our history,” said Norton, who produced the project with Stuart Blumberg and Bill Migliore.