FilmRise Nabs Elaine May's 'Mike Nichols: American Masters'

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Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Dustin Hoffman were interviewed for the doc that centers on the life and career of the legendary filmmaker.

FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Mike Nichols: American Masters.

The doc, which originally aired on PBS, was made by Nichols' longtime comedy partner Elaine May as a tribute to the late writer-director.

The film chronicles the life and career of Nichols, which included such theater productions as Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and such features as The Graduate.

On-camera interviews include Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon and Matthew Broderick.

“After an incredibly successful broadcast premiere on PBS, I am ecstatic that FilmRise will be releasing the film to an entirely new audience,” said the doc’s producer Julian Schlossberg. “I am confident that Elaine’s moving portrait of her comedy partner will continue to enlighten and inspire audiences of all types.”

FilmRise plans to release Mike Nichols: American Masters as early as summer.