New York-headquartered Atlas Media Corp has signed an exclusive deal with iconic entertainer Liza Minnelli to produce a feature doc chronicling the star’s rise to fame.
According to the prodco, the film will begin following the death of Minnelli’s mother, Judy Garland, and will chart her ascent in the 1970s and accolades including an Oscar for best actress (for Cabaret), an Emmy for best TV special (for Liza with a Z), and a Tony for best actress in a musical (for The Act). Along the way, she also collaborated with such icons of the era as Andy Warhol, Halston and Martin Scorsese.
“A few years back, I found old films in a storage closet and had absolutely no idea what they were about,” said Minnelli in a statement. “When they were transferred and I got to see them, it was like reliving that fabulous time in the ’70s when all things were new and everything was possible. I look forward to collaborating with Bruce [David Klein, Atlas Media Corp president and EP] and his team to bring this personal story and very special era to life.”
“Quite simply, there is no substitute: few can claim a show business pedigree like Liza’s, one that bridges so many tentpole projects and vibrant eras — from The Ed Sullivan Show to Cabaret to Sex and the City. We are thrilled to be in business with her,” added Klein. “We believe this intimate story of how she emerged from the legacy of her iconic family to become a superstar on her own terms will captivate audiences around the world.”
Klein, who also produced and directed such Atlas Media projects as Broadway doc Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise and a soon-to-be-announced feature doc for HBO, will direct.
Performer and Minnelli’s longtime friend and collaborator, Michael Feinstein, will serve as executive producer.
(Photo: Courtesy of Atlas Media Corp)