CNN Films has secured the broadcast rights to James Hanlon and Jules and Gédéon Naudet’s documentary 9/11 (pictured) ahead of the 15th anniversary of the attacks on America.
The acquisition will also allow CNN Films to work alongside the films’ producers to update the film for the 2016 memorial.
The updated edition of the film, titled 9/11: Fifteen Years Later, will include an introduction by Denis Leary – award-winning actor and founder of The Leary Firefighters Foundation – who will reflect on the heroism of responding New York City firefighters on September 11, 2001.
In addition, the filmmakers will revisit some of the firefighters and the families of the fallen, while introducing relatives who have since become firefighters themselves. The modernized film is also set to include an exclusive interview with New York City fire commissioner Daniel Nigro, who will address his department’s readiness in the event of another terrorist attack.
The Emmy-winning film provides an in-depth account of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center as the documentarians follow New York City firefighters into the heart of Ground Zero. It also contains the only known footage of the first plane hitting the North Tower, and follows the rescue efforts in that building before both the North and South Towers collapsed.
9/11 first premiered on U.S. broadcaster CBS in 2002, one day short of the six-month anniversary.
CNN Films retains worldwide broadcast rights for the franchise and its archival material.
9/11: Fifteen Years Later will premiere across CNN in the U.S. on September 11 at 8 p.m. EST/PST and again at 11 p.m. EST/PST. CNN International, meanwhile, will debut the film at 6 a.m. EST/PST.