News came down today that TLC nabbed the exclusive documentary rights to Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s story. The project, which is currently in pre-production, won’t air until late this year and will supposedly feature interviews with Sullenberger that dissect both how he saved the plane and, according to the Variety story, his “everyday approach to his profession that positioned him for the task.”
I’m interested in possibly watching this. I mean, Sully is an American hero and all. So it should make for good — probably not riveting — television. And why do I think it won’t be riveting? Because I’d wager a bet that Sully has said basically everything there is to say about what happened, right? After the heroic event in January, he went on a media blitz, starting with a Katie Couric exclusive where he broke it all down. See a clip here:
That’s just a taste of the February interview, but he also talked to David Letterman and People and so on and so forth. Surely, there’s no denying that he’san interesting media star. And, again, definitely a hero. I suppose someone was eventually going to do a documentary. But will I still care by the end of this year when it finally airs? Ehhh, probably not. I guess maybe if TLC schedules it between Thanksgiving and Christmas that might work since, you know, people are really into sappy, feel-good things that time of year.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Do you think there’s more to the Sully story than what we’ve already seen? Will you tune into TLC to watch this documentary? Do you think you’ll still care in another six months?
More on Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger from EW:
Ratings: His ’60 Minutes’ Interview
Pilot Chesley Sullenberger: TLC nabs authorized documentary for late 2009
Letterman and the Flight 1549 pilots really take off