The director, who won an Academy Award for 20 Feet From Stardom and was also behind last year’s doc breakout Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, will also produce the feature via his Tremolo Productions banner. CNN Films and HBO Max will executive produce.
Focus will first release the film exclusively in theaters worldwide before it airs on television on CNN and streams via HBO Max.
“Anthony Bourdain did more to help us understand each other than just about anyone in the history of television. He connected with people not in spite of his flaws, but because of them. To have the opportunity to tell his story is humbling. CNN is in the DNA of Tony’s work, and the perfect partners in this journey. I’m thrilled to be reteaming with Focus Features after our journey on Won’t You Be My Neighbor?. I am also happy that HBO Max will make sure Tony’s audience only continues to grow,” Neville said Friday in a statement.
Bourdain carved a career as a chef, writer and host, documenting his travels on the CNN series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which won 12 Emmys over its five-year run, as well as a Peabody. He was revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel.
Bourdain was found dead in a French hotel in June of last year, and the cause of death was later confirmed to be suicide. His death sent a shock wave through the entertainment world,and renewed broader conversations around mental health.
“We are thrilled that Morgan will bring his singular voice to this film, revealing what we loved so much about Tony. Partnering with Focus Features and HBO Max ensures even more of Tony’s devoted fans will be able to celebrate him,” said CNN Films’ Amy Entelis.
Added Focus chairman Peter Kujawski, “Morgan is the top of the game when it comes to documentary filmmaking and we’re delighted to be working with him again on this project with our great collaborators at CNN Films and HBO Max.”