Showtime has acquired broadcast rights to Alison Ellwood’s comprehensive documentary “History of the Eagles,” which had yet to world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday night. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) produced the two-part effort, which will screen in the Documentary Premieres program.
Using never-before-seen home movies, archival footage and new interviews with members of the best-selling, long-running band, Ellwood pieces together both the history and the legacy of their music. Showtime plans to air both parts in February (only Part 1 is on show in Park City), on the 15th and 16th.
“I had a gas working on it,” says Gibney. “And Alison Ellwood did a tremendous job. It's filled with songs and shows musical influences in a wonderfully organic way. Awesome archive — including wonderful movies of life and on the road and a never-before-seen concert from Hotel California. It's an inside-out story of the classic rock’n’roll tale — young kids scuffle, get a band, get better, get famous, really famous, and then break up at the height of their fame."
Showtime also has R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton’s “The World According to Dick Cheney” showing at Sundance. The company plans to air the doc sometime in the Spring.
The filmmakers handled the negotiation with Showtime.