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HBO preps Natalie Wood project, companion doc for prison drama

Premium cable channel HBO has begun production on the HBO Documentary Films presentation Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, about the legendary Hollywood actress’ life and career. The feature-length film offers a ...
December 14, 2018

Premium cable channel HBO has begun production on the HBO Documentary Films presentation Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, about the legendary Hollywood actress’ life and career.

The feature-length film offers a look at Wood (pictured, right) from the unique perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who were close to her in life.

The film will focus on Wood’s personal and professional triumphs and challenges, rather than revisit her much-publicized, suspicious death at the age of 43. It will feature previously unseen home movies, photographs, diaries, letters and artifacts, as well as intimate interviews with her friends, family, co-stars and colleagues.

The film is produced by Amblin Television, with Gregson Wagner and Manoah Bowman, author of Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life, serving as producers. Laurent Bouzereau is producing and directing, while Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producing for Amblin Television.

“I’m looking forward to working with HBO, Amblin Television and our director, Laurent Bouzereau, to create this unprecedented portrait of a woman who was an actress, a legend and ultimately, my mother,” said Gregson Wagner, in a statement.

Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind is set to debut on HBO in 2020.

Meanwhile, later this month, HBO will premiere a feature-length documentary, made in collaboration with incarcerated men, serving as a companion to an upcoming prison drama.

O.G. is a feature-length drama that premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It follows a prison gang leader during the final weeks of his 24-year sentence. The film has its TV debut Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will be followed up immediately at 11: 45 p.m. with the premiere of a documentary that takes an in-depth look at its unique production.

It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It follows the inmates of Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility, where O.G. was filmed. The doc is co-directed by O.G.-director Madeleine Sackler and 13 men incarcerated at the facility, some of whom were cast as first-time actors in O.G. Their story is told, in part, through animated sequences by Yoni Goodman.

It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It is an HBO Documentary Films presentation of a Great Curve Films and Stacey Reiss production. It is directed by Dennis Brown, Marshaun Buggs, Al’Jonon Coleman, James Collins, Franklin Cox, Brandon Crider, Clifford Elswick, Quentis Hardiman, Joseph Henderson, Charles Lawrence, Herb Robertson, Madeleine Sackler, Rushawn Tanksley and Mark Thacker, with Sackler and Stacey Reiss serving as producers. EPs are Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Sharon Chang, Greg Gunn, Dream Hampton, Lisette Nieves, Marshall Sonenshine and Mark Steele.

The doc will play again Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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