Jurassic Park and Rocketman actor Bryce Dallas Howard is to direct the first feature-length documentary set under Imagine Entertainment’s recently formed Imagine Documentaries banner.
Dads will provide a unique and humorous look into what fatherhood means in the modern era across the globe. The film is currently in production and is slated to be completed in early fall 2019.
The doc will be produced by Imagine Entertainment chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, along with Justin Wilkes, who leads the Imagine Documentaries division. Imagine Entertainment co-chairman Michael Rosenberg serves as executive producer.
Dove Men + Care is financing the doc as part of a long-term, larger program supporting fatherhood and championing paternity leave around the world. Kelly Mullen and Giles Morrison serve as executive producers for Dove Men + Care and Unilever Entertainment.
Howard, meanwhile, will make her documentary directing debut with Dads. She has previously directed the acclaimed shorts When You Find Me, shortlisted for an Academy Award, and Solemates, which held its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Howard is currently directing an episode of Disney’s Star Wars streaming TV series The Mandalorian, executive produced by Jon Favreau.
The forthcoming Dads will expand on Imagine Entertainment’s growing doc slate. Factual films in the company’s production stable include The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Jay Z’s Made in America, Prophet’s Prey, Katy Perry: Part of Me, Inside Deep Throat and Beyond The Mat. The company is also currently in production on the untitled Ron Howard-directed documentary about opera great Luciano Pavarotti, to be released in 2019. Imagine is also part of the production teams behind National Geographic’s Mars and Breakthrough.
WME and Management 360 represent Howard.
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