HBO acquires rights to Obama doc

To be produced by Edward Norton's Class 5 Films

HBO has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to an untitled Barack Obama documentary from producer Edward Norton.

Norton's Class 5 Films approached the Obama campaign in early 2006 about a doc chronicling the new president elect's history in politics. Directors Amy Rice and Alicia Sams were granted extensive access to film Obama before he launched his presidential run in 2007 and have continued their shoot through his historic victory this week.

HBO, which has been pursuing rights for several months, plans to air the feature-length docu next year. The footage, culled from 2 1/2 years of filming, includes interviews with Obama, his senior campaign staff, family, friends and volunteers.

"Senator Obama's history-making race for the White House has given our film a perfect framework to explore the pulse of the country at this vital moment in our history," said Norton, who produced the project with Stuart Blumberg and Bill Migliore. "We believe this film will capture a tipping point in American history when a new generation of leadership emerged and old prejudices were finally vaulted over."

GOOD, Green Film Co. Citi Prods. and Class 5 Films financed the project. Endeavor Independent and Andrew Hurwitz negotiated the deal with HBO.