FilmRise Acquires Select U.S. Rights to 'Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans' Documentary (Exclusive)

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival


The movie, which premiered at Cannes, will hit select theaters in New York and L.A. on Nov. 13 and receive a day-and-date VOD, digital download, DVD and Blu-ray release.

FilmRise has acquired select U.S. rights to the documentary, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, and is planning a Nov. 13 release.

The film, which premiered at Cannes, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the making of McQueen's passion project film about the Le Mans 24-hour car race. The troubled production was plagued with script issues, financial troubles and personal issues. The doc features never-before-seen production footage and audio from McQueen's private tape recordings, letting fans hear his thoughts. The Hollywood Reporter's chief film critic Todd McCarthy, in reviewing the film at Cannes, said it "proves compelling for its impressively kaleidoscopic account of a torturous film shoot and insight into a failed attempt by a powerful actor to gain more control over his career."

FilmRise, the Brooklyn based film and TV distributor, licensed the rights from producer Content Media and will release Steve McQueen on Nov. 13 in select theaters in New York and L.A. and day-and-date on VOD, digital download platforms and DVD and Blu-ray.

“To this day, Steve McQueen remains one of the most iconic figures of Hollywood,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said in a statement “We are honored to bring to audiences this haunting documentary that not only sheds light on such an important figure in American culture, but also reveals the behind-the-scenes drama of one of the most controversial film productions.”

Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna directed Steve McQueen, with Clarke also writing the script and McKenna producing. Andrew Marriott, Bonamy Grimes, Barry Smith, Chad McQueen, David Green, David Reeder and Content’s Jamie Carmichael executive produced the doc.

Steve McQueen will screen at the Deauville American Film Festival in September and the San Sebastian Film Festival in October.