Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the 239-minute film will premiere across Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK – with additional territories to be announced – on May 26 as a six-part docuseries.
Through never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, the doc charts the 30-year career of seminal American avant-garde rock band the Grateful Dead by probing the creative forces, subversive ambitions and interpersonal dynamics.
Producers on the film include Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff, and Alex Blavatnik, who also financed the project, as well as Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann.
The deal was negotiated by WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
“The story of the Grateful Dead is that of music and culture of the 20th Century,” said Joe Lewis, head of comedy and drama at Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Told with vast scope and an unprecedented cast of real life characters, Amir has taken advantage of this larger than life canvas to make an era-defining musical portrait that we can’t wait to bring to audiences everywhere.”
“I first reached out to the Grateful Dead about this film back in 2003,” added Bar-Lev. “Since then, everyone who has come aboard has treated this project with a renegade spirit of cooperation and ingenuity worthy of the subject matter.”