London- and Los Angeles-based multi-platform media company Lightbox is on board to produce Academy Award-nominated Ed Perkins’ Diana, the first feature-length documentary on the late Princess of Wales.
The intimate film project will shine a light on the private life of a princess and the eventual crisis that spilled throughout the British monarchy following her tragic death in August 1997. The film also explores the impact Diana had both in her home country and globally.
Diana will utilize an archive-only approach and draws on thousands of hours of news reports, previously unseen footage and photographs.
British sales outfit Altitude Film Distribution is handling global sales and will be releasing the film theatrically in the UK and Ireland in Summer 2022 to mark the 25th anniversary of Diana’s passing.
The company has already pre-sold the film to theatrical buyers in multiple territories, including Benelux (Piece of Magic), Germany and Austria (Studio Hamburg Enterprises/NDR/BR/RBB), Italy (I Wonder Pictures), Portugal (NOS Lusomundo Audiovisuais), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Czech Republic (AQS), Japan (Tohokushinsha), Australia & New Zealand (Madman), Middle East (Phars) and Turkey (Filmarti).
After its worldwide theatrical release, the film – produced in association with HBO and Sky – will have its U.S. television premiere on HBO, and will also be available to stream on HBO Max; and on Sky Documentaries in the UK.
“The life and death of Princess Diana remains one of the defining stories of our times,” said Perkins in a statement. “Though we are telling a story which has been told and re-told many times, my aim is to reframe it for a modern audience and make it feel as fresh and relevant as it ever has.”
“The mythology surrounding Princess Diana remains as potent as ever, but we want to paint as honest a portrait as we can of a complex woman who had a powerful influence not just on the British monarchy but on wider society,” added Lightbox co-founders Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn.