CNN is to provide the broadcast premiere of Todd Douglas Miller’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Apollo 11 this summer.
The 93-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, features never-before-seen, large-format film footage of mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’ 1969 moon landing. The doc was developed primarily from newly-discovered 70mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings.
Apollo 11 was released in commercial IMAX and traditional theaters by Neon in March, and is now among the top 31 documentaries of all time in North American box office performance, having grossed more than US$8.4 million (as of April 21).
The documentary is produced by Miller, Thomas Petersen and Evan Krauss, with Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton serving as executive producers for CNN Films and and Josh Braun for Submarine. Alexandra Hannibal is coordinating producer, and Stephen Slater is archival producer. The project is a production between Miller’s Statement Pictures and CNN Films.
Apollo 11 will enjoy its television broadcast debut on June 23 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.
“We approached Todd for this film because of his exceptional vision, but Apollo 11 has surpassed even our highest expectations. The film restores the grand adventure as it was originally experienced by those who lived it and observed it all over the world,” said Sexton, VP for CNN Films, and Entelis, EVP for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, in a joint statement. “We hope future generations will be thrilled by this exceptional film experience in each of its forms.”