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Before the masses made a quick search on Rotten Tomatoes to decide if they should see a certain film, they waited on the thumbs up of one man, Roger Ebert. One of the most notable and highly esteemed film critics will be the center of a documentary based on his memoir.
Based on the names signed on to the project, it seems Ebert may be content with the final product. Entertainment Weekly reported that Steve James, from the Oscar nominated documentary, Hoop Dreams, will be directing the movie. Martin Scorsese, known for quality projects such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Departed, Hugo, Shutter Island and many more, will be the executive producer for this documentary. Finally, Steve Zaillian, known for American Gangster, Schindler’s List, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is also attached to the project.
Ebert seems to approve as he tweeted with some excitement earlier today, “Whoa! My memoir has been optioned for a doc by Steve James ('Hoop Dreams') and Steven Zaillian, with Martin Scorsese as exec producer.”
The Hollywood Reporter says the memoir reveals some of the struggles Ebert endured throughout his life: struggle and recovery with alcoholism, his battle with thyroid cancer (left him unable to drink, speak or eat), his marriage, spiritual beliefs and thoughts on politics.
In case you can’t wait for the documentary, you can find Ebert’s memoir, Life Itself, on Amazon for around $16.