February 28, 2012 11:47am PT by Lesley Goldberg
HBO, Michael Mann Set War Photographers Docuseries
HBO is doubling down on Michael Mann.
The Luck executive producer/director is reteaming with the premium cable network for a limited documentary series chronicling war photographers, HBO announced Tuesday.
Titled Witness, the four-episode docuseries will follow a new generation of young combat photographers capturing the conflict in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
Mann will partner with documentary director David Frankham for the four-episode project, with the first episode filmed in Juarez, Mexico.
“David Frankham and I share an admiration for combat photography that captures the universal -- and sometimes the indescribable -- in a single frame in the midst of chaos and danger,” Mann said in a statement announcing the news.
Added Frankham: “Witness will not provide a historical context. The direction Michael and I took in creating Witness was to immerse the audience via intimacy with the photographer into the intensity of a situation as it’s developing, as they risk their lives to capture one piece of the truth."
Mann directed the pilot and is executive producing HBO's David Milch horse racing drama, which has already been renewed for a second season.
A premiere date has not yet been determined.
The order for Witness comes three months after HBO inked Milch's Redboard Productions into an exclusive multiyear television deal to develop series and films based on selections from William Faulkner.