On the heels of the acclaimed 2016 documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s White Horse Pictures are teaming up again to examine the life of famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
The doc will be directed by Howard, who will produce alongside Sinclair, Grazer, Michael E. Rosenberg and Jeanne Elfant Festa.
The feature documentary is being produced with the full cooperation of the Pavarotti Estate, Universal Music Classics and Decca Records.
Pavarotti is widely recognized as one of the most popular classical artists in the history of the recording industry. Emerging from simple beginnings in Northern Italy — his father was a baker, while his mother rolled cigars — Pavarotti exploded on the opera scene in the 1960s. He became the first opera singer to become an arena star, taking his arias out of the opera house and into jumbo-sized venues where he could sing, as a solo performer, to tens of thousands of people.
The film will also explore the challenging, tempestuous and triumphant journey of Pavarotti, both as an artist and world figure.
“Pavarotti’s life was replete with the highs and lows of great drama and, like any compelling character, he was also a man of considerable contradictions. His artistic ambition, propelled by his massive talent, and his deep love for humanity drove his career and the powerful bond with his audiences, but they also fueled his other life as a world philanthropist,” said Howard, in a statement “I am intrigued by the way his emotional passion not only drove his music and his powerful bond with his audiences, but his gift of his other life as a philanthropist.”
The creative team will be joined by The Beatles: Eight Days a Week award-winning writer Mark Monroe and award-winning editor Paul Crowder. White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall will serve as executive producers along with Crowder and Monroe. Cassidy Hartmann will serve as a consulting writer and co-executive producer. Mark McCune will serve as supervising producer. Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Global Classics, UMG, and David Blackman, Head of Polygram Entertainment, along with Didier Lupfer and Ron Halpern for StudioCanal, will also serve as Executive Producers.