Altitude and Lightbox, the production outfit of Oscar and Emmy award winners Simon and Jonathan Chinn, combine to create what they consider to be the first film documentary about Princess Diana.
Directed by Ed Perkins (Tell Me Who I Am), Diana will draw on thousands of hours of news coverage, previously unseen footage and photos to tell the story of the princess who died in Paris in 1997.
It will bow in the summer of 2022, marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana in a car accident following her split from Prince Charles, heir to the throne. HBO Max and Sky Documentaries have taken over the TV rights in the US and UK, respectively.
Altitude, the UK distributor of features such as Amy and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie, is handling global sales and releasing the film in theaters in the UK and Ireland.
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It was sold to Benelux (Stück Magie), Germany and Austria (Studio Hamburg), Italy (I Wonder Pictures), Portugal (NOS Lusomundo Audiovisuais), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), the Czech Republic (AQS), Japan (Tohokushinsha) ), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Middle East (Phars) and Turkey (Filmarti).
“Although we’re telling a story that has been told and retold many times, my goal is to recreate it for a modern audience and make it fresh and relevant like never before. The idea of an archive-only approach allows us to immerse the audience in the narrative as if it were being told in the present, ”said Perkins.
“I would like to make this account of their lives more emotional and direct than before, and instead of re-analyzing it or making another retrospective comment, I would like to invite the audience to bring in their own memories and reflections and allow them to reconsider see and experience. “
The producers are Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn for Lightbox, and the editor is BAFTA winner Jinx Godfrey.