The film is an all-encompassing look at the Stones’ career, from their early days as blues-loving teens through their rise to iconic rock-n-roll status, including never-before-seen footage from the band’s early road trips and first brushes with controversy.
HBO suggests that this is a warts-and-all portrait that will touch on everything from the Redlands drug bust and Brian Jones to Altamont, and that it will offer up frank discussions of the members’ famously wild lifestyles. Interviewees include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.
“Crossfire Hurricane” invites the audience to experience first-hand the Stones’ nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock and roll royalty. This is not an academic history lesson. “Crossfire Hurricane” allows the viewer to experience the Stones’ journey from a unique vantage point. It’s an aural and visual roller coaster ride.
“Crossfire Hurricane” will get a theatrical release in the UK before being broadcast on BBC 2, but in the U.S. it’s going straight to HBO. Morgen’s last documentary was “June 17, 1994” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.
The Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. A restored version of Peter Whitehead’s never-released early-days tour doc “The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965” will screen at this year’s New York Film Festival before coming out on DVD and Blu-ray November 6.