Showtime Documentary Films has acquired award-winning director Morgan Neville‘s (pictured, left) latest docuseries about legendary Grammy award-winning producer Rick Rubin (right) and his Shangri-La studio.
Produced by Neville’s Los Angeles-based Tremolo Productions, Shangri-La (working title) pulls back the veil on Rubin and his prolific career producing musicians across all genres. The producer’s Malibu studio sets the backdrop to the all-access pass into Rubin’s creative process.
The work-in-progress docuseries hones in on the music producer who co-founded Def Jam Records in the ’80s while attending university. Rubin went on to launch the careers of a roster of artists under the label, including the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. He has produced a swathe of albums in almost every genre, with credits including Kanye West, Adele, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and The Avett Brothers.
Shangri-La will screen as a work-in-progress in the Special Events category as part of the 2019 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, which runs March 8 to 17. The festival unveiled its film line up on Wednesday (Jan. 16).
Morgan Neville, Rick Rubin, Jeff Malmberg, Danny Breen, Michael Goldberg, Eric Lynn, Isaac Heymann, Dianna Schmedeman and Jason Schrift serve as executive producers on the project, with Malmberg directing two episodes of the series.
Shangri-La joins Showtime Documentary Films recent stable of films that focus on the lives and legacies of musical figures, including the Grammy Award-nominated film Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars, Whitney: Can I Be Me and George Michael: Freedom.