Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) has partnered with U.S. premium cable network HBO on the four-part docuseries Exterminate All the Brutes.
Produced by Peck’s Velvet Film, the series will combine documentary filmmaking and archival footage with animation and “interpretive” scripted segments explore the “exploitative and genocidal aspects” of European colonialism.
The series will follow Peck (pictured) as he ventures from America to Africa in order to deconstruct the making and masking of some of the humanity’s darkest histories.
Actor Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down) will play the lead role in the scripted portions of the series.
HBO’s Exterminate All the Brutes is based on three separate works from Sven Lindqvist (Exterminate All the Brutes), Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (An Indigenous People’s History of the United States) and Michel-Rolph Trouillot (Silencing the Past).
Emmy winners Raoul Peck and Rémi Grellety serve as executive producers on the series. Velvet Film and ICM Partners handle international distribution ‘ rights.
“This project has been my biggest challenge so far,” said Peck in a statement. “It forced me to question not only our common knowledge but also my own experience as a filmmaker. I’m excited that HBO is supporting that vision.”