Movie fans from Generations X and Y (and anywhere in-between) often cite one filmmaker as providing them with more lasting cinematic memories than any other: Steven Spielberg. The director behind legendary, iconic blockbusters like “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (and its sequels), “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” and “Jurassic Park” has also expertly delivered heart-wrenching historical dramas such as “The Color Purple,” “Schindler’s List,” “Amistad,” “Munich,” and “Lincoln.”
Now, in celebration and reflection on a nearly fifty-year directing career with over a hundred and fifty producer credits under his belt as well, HBO has announced a feature-length, oeuvre-spanning, retrospective documentary about Spielberg, narrated by the man himself.
The doc will be directed by Susan Lacy, who has skillfully produced similar projects about singer/songwriter Janis Joplin and novelist Alice Walker. She also previously helmed episodes of the biographical series “American Masters” for PBS.
According to the report in Variety, interviewees for the Spielberg documentary will include “J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey, and Robert Zemeckis.”
The film, entitled simply “Spielberg,” is set to premiere Saturday, October 7th on HBO.