The life and career of legendary country outlaw Willie Nelson will be the focus of the multi-part docuseries titled Willie Nelson and Family.
The life and career of legendary Willie Nelson will be the focus of the multi-part docuseries titled Willie Nelson and Family. The 88-year-old will participate in the “definitive docuseries”, as will many of his friends and family, which will delve into the archives of his musical career.
Emmy and Grammy award-winning filmmakers Oren Moverman and Thomm Zimny are co-directing the project, with backing from Moverman's production company, Sight Unseen, as well as Blackbird Presents.
Shooting has already begun on multiple locations including Austin, Maui, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York, and other “deep-rooted Nelson locales” according to the official press release.
"Words like ‘honoured,’ ‘excited’ and ‘humbled’ don’t come close to describing the way we feel about being entrusted with telling Willie’s story. And what a story it is! We are celebrating the music, the career, the long road, the family, friends and history,” Moverman and Zimny said in a statement.
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“But, more than anything, we are piecing together a narrative – one never before seen in its entirety – about an extraordinary man with a unique ability to bring people together; folks of all races, orientations, genders, political ideologies and musical leanings. These days, we sure could use the healing powers of Willie Nelson."
The project was developed by Nelson’s long-time manager Mark Rothbaum and Blackbird Presents founder/chief creative officer Keith Wortman. Executive producers for the docuseries include Rothbaum, Wortman, Lebedev, Vaisman and Nelson’s wife Annie Nelson.
Rothbaum and Wortman add, “Telling Willie’s story has been a lifelong dream of ours, and we feel privileged to realise this dream with Thom, Oren and Sight Unseen.”
So far, no information has been released about how and when the docuseries will air.
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