Match Factory has acquired worldwide rights from Submarine Entertainment for Ron Mann’s documentary “Altman.” Match Factory is pre-selling the film at this year’s Berlinale market.
The doc focuses on director Robert Altman (1925-2006), who grew up in Depression-era Kansas City and would go on to helm some of the most achingly beautiful, strangely offbeat films in American cinema history (including “M*A*S*H*,’ “The Long Goodbye,” “Nashville,” “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” “Three Women,” and Brit-set “Gosford Park,” which won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2001). Altman won an honorary Oscar in 2006, the year of his death, for “repeatedly reinventing the art form and inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike.”
The film will feature interviews with some of Altman’s leading actors, collaborators and family members, along with archival footage of the director himself. Mann (“Grass,” “Comic Book Confidentials”) will produce as well as direct.
Watch the lost 1951 Altman film “Modern Football” here.