Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Julia Child Doc From 'RBG' Filmmakers

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Imagine Documentaries and CNN Films pacted with directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen for the feature documentary on the celebrity TV chef, which has the working title 'Julia.'

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the Imagine Documentaries and CNN Films project Julia, a documentary about late TV chef and cookbook author Julia Child.

The film, directed by Oscar-nominated RBG filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, will be executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

"Julia promises to be a major independent movie event in 2021 — entertaining, revelatory and resonant for today,” Sony Pictures Classics said Friday in a statement. Imagine Documentaries and CNN Films are producing the project with Storyville Films under the working title Julia, with the film having started production.

CNN Films will retain U.S. domestic broadcast rights to the feature produced by West, Cohen and Imagine Documentaries’ Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein. Executive producer credits are also shared by Michael Rosenberg, Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton of CNN Films, as well as Oren Jacoby of Storyville Films.

Julia is being produced with the cooperation of Child's family and the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

HBO Max is also at work on a drama pilot about the life of Child, who died in 2004, while Nora Ephron wrote and directed the 2009 feature drama Julie & Julia, which starred Meryl Streep, as Child, and Amy Adams.

West and Cohen are repped by CAA.