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HBO, BBC team with “Leaving Neverland” director Dan Reed on antibotics film

Leaving Neverland filmmaker Dan Reed has partnered with HBO and the BBC to produce his latest feature-length documentary, Superbug. Produced by Reed’s Amos Pictures, the 110- to 120-minute film will tell the ...
November 6, 2019

Leaving Neverland filmmaker Dan Reed has partnered with HBO and the BBC to produce his latest feature-length documentary, Superbug.

Produced by Reed’s Amos Pictures, the 110- to 120-minute film will tell the story of how humanity gained a wonder cure in antibiotics, and explores what it means for the future of humankind if we continue to misuse medicine.

Superbug will serve as a cinematic hybrid documentary-scripted film, with the narrative portions offering “the opportunity for Hollywood talent” to be involved with the project.

The documentary was commissioned by HBO joint head of documentaries Nancy Abraham and BBC2 commissioning editor Clare Sillery.

Global distributor Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, has secured the international distribution rights to Superbug.

Superbug will air on HBO and BBC2 in 2021.

Superbug will feel like an epic, entertaining movie, using the full arsenal of screen storytelling: movie-grade computer-generated imagery, scripted drama and cinematography, and an orchestral musical score alongside classical documentary techniques with all the truth, intimacy, immediacy and sense of engagement that they deliver,” said Reed in a statement. “The CGI will be immersive and photo-real, a journey into a never-before-seen landscape populated by extraordinary living things.”

“The use of new digital technologies in Superbug will enhance traditional storytelling and bring a cinematic experience into each viewer’s living room,” added Jonathan Ford, EVP of sales at Kew Media Distribution.

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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