Over the last few weeks, we’ve lost some of the best and brightest leaders and innovators. At the end of March, Nipsey Hussle was murdered outside of his store in Los Angeles. Last week, we lost director John Singleton after he suffered a stroke. If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we must honor those we respect while they are here. In an effort to honor those we respect and cherish, CNN is reportedly developing a documentary about the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis.
CNN Films is partnering with AGC Studios, Trilogy Films and Color Farm Media to produce a feature documentary about the Georgia politician. AGC Studios will contribute to the financing, production and international distribution of the film.
Directed by Dawn Porter, the documentary will chronicle the life and times of the civil rights icon. Porter has spent the past year shadowing Lewis as he worked through the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections and experienced the longest U.S. government shutdown in history. The film will also feature archival footage of the politician’s sixty years as a civil rights advocate.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Porter said, “John Lewis is a national treasure whose leadership paved the way for a generation.” Porter added, “In much the same way as his life and work has been shaped by great civil rights leaders, Congressman Lewis continues to serve the country, introducing legislation to protect our most fundamental rights.” Porter ended by saying, “There has never been a more urgent need for the type of moral and compassionate leadership that he embodies. I am excited to show the world how John Lewis continues to make what he calls ‘good trouble’.”
There is no projected release date for the documentary yet.