HBO slates Tina Turner doc, opioid crisis feature from Alex Gibney

Lightbox’s highly anticipated feature-length documentary Tina, is set to debut in the U.S. on March 27 on HBO and will stream on HBO Max. The film (pictured) promises an unvarnished look ...
February 10, 2021

Lightbox’s highly anticipated feature-length documentary Tina, is set to debut in the U.S. on March 27 on HBO and will stream on HBO Max.

The film (pictured) promises an unvarnished look at iconic songstress and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Tina Turner, including interviews with Turner from her home in Zurich, as well as never-before-seen footage that spans 60 years in her life, audio tapes and personal photos.

The story follows Turner from her first encounter with fame during her abusive marriage to Ike Turner, through her second act with the blockbuster album Private Dancer, which spawned the star’s only Billboard 100 No. 1 hit, What’s Love Got To Do With It, as well as the biopic starring Angela Bassett, before ending with her bow at the premiere of the stage play Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway.

The doc also includes interviews with Bassett; Oprah Winfrey; journalist Kurt Loder who co-authored Turner’s autobiography I, Tina, which inspired the feature film; playwright Katori Hall, who scribed Tina – The Tina Turner Musical; and husband and former record executive Erwin Bach, among many others.

The film was helmed by Academy Award-winning directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin who co-directed the 2011 Oscar winner Undefeated.

Besides the HBO/HBO Max deal for the U.S., the film has also landed global distribution, excluding North America and the UK, through Universal Pictures Content Group, which will release it theatrically in multiple territories in the early summer before it’s released on digital, TV, SVOD and other home entertainment platforms.

The filmmakers have also struck a UK distribution deal with Altitude, which will release the film theatrically and on home entertainment across the UK and Ireland in April concurrent to its broadcast on Sky Documentaries.

Tina is a Lightbox production produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Diane Becker; executive produced by Erwin Bach, Tali Pelman, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall, David Gilbery, Charles Dorfman. For HBO: executive producers include Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

Elsewhere, the premium cable network is set to debut a new two-part doc from Emmy- and Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief).

Titled The Crime of the Century, the documentary promises to be an indictment of Big Pharma and the political operatives and government regulations that enable over-production, reckless distribution and abuse of synthetic opiates.

Gibney’s film seeks to demonstrate that drug companies are responsible for the crisis and the lives destroyed in the pursuit of billions of dollars in profits. The doc uses interviews and insight from whistleblowers, insiders, newly leaked documents and behind-the-scenes investigations as well as expert testimony from medical professionals, journalists, former and current government agents, attorneys, pharmaceutical sales representatives, and victims of opioid addiction.

HBO Documentary Films’ presents a Jigsaw Production in association with Storied Media Group, The Crime of the Century is  produced by Gibney, Sarah Dowland, and Svetlana Zill; executive produced by Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Todd Hoffman, and Aaron Fishman; For HBO,  Tina Nguyen serves as senior producer alongside executive producers Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

 The Crime of the Century will debut on HBO and stream on HBO Max in May of this year.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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