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An Anthony Bourdain Documentary Is in the Works at CNN: ‘We Want to Do Him Justice’

The film could premiere as early as the beginning of next year.

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The untimely death of Anthony Bourdain earlier this year left a hole in the hearts of millions across the world who’d had their horizons broadened by the chef, TV host, and world citizen. A few months after his suicide, Bourdain’s former network CNN — which aired “Parts Unknown,” a kind of spiritual successor to his earlier “No Reservations” — has announced that it’s working on what’s being billed as “the definitive Bourdain feature documentary.”

“As well as we knew Tony,” CNN’s Amy Entelis tells Vanity Fair, “because he did reveal himself in the series, there was still a hunger to know more about him, and to honor his work and celebrate him. The documentary format became one of the more obvious ways to go.”

“We just want to make it perfect,” she added. “We want to make it exquisite for Tony. We want to do him justice.”

The as-yet untitled documentary could premiere as early as the beginning of next year, debuting on the festival circuit before making its way to theaters and eventually airing on CNN. CNN Films also had a hand in “RBG,” which premiered at Sundance and makes its small-screen debut on CNN next month. The 12th and final season of “Parts Unknown” will air this fall.

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