Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary acquired by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to director Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, according to Deadline. The documentary premiered at the BFI London Film Festival earlier this month, which is where the studio made the deal.
“Peter and I share a passion for WWl history,” said Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “Watching this documentary was a moving, emotional experience and will remind viewers of the bravery and sacrifice of these soldiers and their contributions to freedom. Peter has created a powerful, immersive film that will touch people and we’re proud to partner with him to bring this film to audiences around the world.”
They Shall Not Grow Old is produced by Jackson with Clare Olssen. It was edited by Jabez Olssen (The Hobbit trilogy). Jackson’s WingNut Films produces with House Productions executive producing. The film is commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC and Executive Produced by House Productions. The documentary combines original footage from Imperial War Museums’ film archive along with audio provided by the BBC archives. The video footage has been both colorized and converted into 3D, and the voices of actual veterans combined with archival footage to bring the reality of WWI front-and-center like never before.
Jackson is a bonafide WWI aficionado, having previously curated a Great War museum exhibition in New Zealand, as well as directing the 2008 short narrative film Crossing the Line about two young soldiers preparing for battle in WWI.