Any fan of Steven Spielberg will want to listen in for this one: The illustrious filmmaker behind works like Jaws, Indiana Jones, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is stepping out from behind the camera to be the subject of a new documentary.
On Tuesday, HBO announced Spielberg, directed and produced by Emmy-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, which will chronicle the titular director’s ascent from a “bittersweet childhood” to his historic moviemaking career. Lacy filmed 30 hours of interviews with Spielberg, who discussed topics like his long obsession with film, his early works as a TV “wunderkind,” his string of blockbusters and more dramatic works, and his personal and professional relationships.
The doc also pulls from interviews with Spielberg’s family, friends, and colleagues, as well as clips and behind-the-scenes footage from his filmography.
In his earlier days in Hollywood, Spielberg directed Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Drew Barrymore in E.T., Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun. More modern audiences know him now for Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks, Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. All these actors — among more than 80 subjects interviewed for the documentary — will appear in Spielberg.
During a tour of the Universal Studios backlot, Spielberg opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the traumatic experience of filming 1975’s Jaws. “I used to come out for a couple of years after I made the movie to get over my PTSD,” Spielberg said, referencing the original Orca boat used for the production. “I would work through my own trauma, because it was traumatic. I would just sit in that boat alone for hours, just working through, and I would shake. My hands would shake.”
Spielberg will premiere on HBO on Saturday, Oct. 7 and will be made available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand, and the network’s affiliate portals.
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