Discovery+ has unveiled a slate of upcoming factual titles heading to the streaming service this year.
The streamer has acquired Dear Mr. Brody, a documentary from Emmy-winning filmmaker Keith Maitland (Tower, A Song For You) exploring the story of Michael Brody Jr., a hippie-millionaire and heir to a margarine fortune who publicly offered his $25-million inheritance to anyone in need in 1970. Brody’s gesture sparked thousands of letters requesting his help, and decades later a large number of these letters were found, unopened.
The documentary has been met with critical acclaim and was an official selection of the Telluride Film Festival. Greenwich Entertainment will release the film theatrically early next year ahead of its launch on Discovery+, planned for winter 2022.
Dear Mr. Brody is produced by Maitland, Melissa Robyn Glassman, Megan Gilbride and Sarah Wilson. Edward R. Pressman, Shep Gordon, Jon Katz, Carolyn Pfeiffer and Regina K. Scully serve as executive producers, along with Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin and Geralyn White Dreyfous for Impact Players, and Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman and Lisa Leingang for Topic Studios. Cinetic Media represented the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
“The stories in Michael Brody’s letters, silent for 50 years, are somehow more relevant now than ever — they challenge us to look at our world and at ourselves,” Maitland said in a statement.
Discovery+ has also revealed three other titles joining its line-up this year. First is Set!, a behind-the-scenes look into competitive table setting that premiered at Hot Docs, written, directed and produced by Scott Gawlik (Dave Atell: Road Work), with global sales represented by MetFilm Sales. The film is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 12.
Keep Sweet, a deep dive into the insular FLDS community, 10 years after prophet Warren Jeffs’ conviction for aggravated sexual assault, is set for a Nov. 24 premiere. The film is directed by Don Argott (Believer, The Art of the Steal). 44 Blue serves as executive producers on the film, with Arogtt, Sheena M. Joyce and Glenn Meehan producing. Endeavor Content represents global sales rights for the film.
Dead Man’s Switch, meanwhile, is about an international scandal caused by the mysterious death of a 30-year-old cryptocurrency exchange CEO with $215 million still missing. The film will premiere on Dec. 23, directed by Sheona McDonald (When Dreams Take Flight). Worldwide rights for the film were represented by Espresso Media International.
The films join previously announced documentaries for Discovery+ this year including Crutch, Introducing, Selma Blair and Last Exit: Space.