Apple Original Films has greenlit a documentary feature on Louis Armstrong from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries.
Black & Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong offers a look at the master musician’s life and legacy as one of the founding fathers of jazz, the first pop star and a cultural ambassador of the U.S. (pictured).
With the full support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the filmmakers have access to a trove of never-before-seen archival materials including hundreds of hours of audio recordings, film footage, photographs, personal diaries and a life’s worth of ephemera for exclusive use.
The documentary, produced under Apple’s first-look agreement with Imagine Documentaries, will be directed by Emmy-nominated Sacha Jenkins (Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men), and produced by Jenkins, Julie Anderson, Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes.
Grazer and Howard serve as executive producers. The project is being produced in association with Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment with Michele Anthony and David Blackman serving as executive producers.
Black & Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong follows the Imagine documentary Dads for Apple Original Films from director Bryce Dallas Howard; the Emmy-winning Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10, directed by Morgan Neville; as well as the upcoming docuseries The Supermodels. Apple will soon premiere the Peanuts 70th Anniversary, Who Are You Charlie Brown? documentary from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain.
The Louis Armstrong feature also joins Apple’s offering of documentaries and docuseries including Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You; Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, directed by award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler; five-time Emmy Award-nominated Beastie Boys Story; Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Award-winning Boys State; and Emmy Award-nominated series Home.
Photo courtesy of Louis Armstrong House Museum