L.A.-based prodco White Horse Pictures and Library Films are teaming up to produce a documentary feature about comedic screen icon Gene Wilder.
Wilder is described as an intimate character study of Wilder, who became one of the most beloved and popular actors of his era. The documentary will be directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chris Smith (Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Tiger King, Bad Vegan)
The project was announced by Nicholas Ferrall, president of White Horse Pictures, and Andrew Trapani of Sobey Road Entertainment.
Wilder spent more than 30 years entertaining audiences as a comic actor and a movie star, but like many great comedy performers he fought against his own darkness, finding refuge on stage and screen. Through the perspective of his nephew/surrogate son Jordan Walker-Pearlman, along with a combination of interview and performance archive, the documentary will trace Wilder’s journey from outsider to unlikely leading man to an artist searching for meaning.
Wilder is a White Horse Pictures and Library Films production, in association with Sobey Road Entertainment, Harlem Hollywood and Mojo Global Arts. Nicholas Ferrall and Cassidy Hartmann will produce for White Horse alongside Library Films’ Chris Smith and Sobey Road’s Andrew Trapani. Nigel Sinclair and Jeanne Elfant-Festa serve as executive producers for White Horse, alongside Morris Ruskin and Joseph Mellicker. Joey Scoma will serve as editor and John Keller as co-executive producer.
CAA Media Finance and White Horse are representing distribution rights.