CNN Films Picks Up Documentary ‘9/11’ for 15th Anniversary

An updated version of the documentary with an introduction by Denis Leary will air on the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

CNN Films has acquired the Emmy award-winning documentary “9/11” in time for the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

French filmmakers Gédéon and Jules Naudet and former New York City firefigher James Hanlon directed the 2002 film, which is being updated with a new introduction from actor and producer Denis Leary. CNN will premiere the anniversary edition of the two-hour film with limited commercial interruption on Sunday, September 11, at 8 p.m. EST and 11 p.m. EST on CNN/U.S. The network will also air the movie on CNN International at 6 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. the same day.

“We are honored that our documentary has found a home at CNN,” the Naudets and Hanlon said in a statement. “We hope that the courage and sacrifices of all of New York’s first responders that we witnessed on September 11th will be seen by a worldwide audience as a beacon of hope in the midst of one of the darkest days in our history.” The Naudets and Hanlon were filming the training of a rookie firefighter on September 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into tower one of the World Trade Center.

“Gédéon, Jules, and James have created the defining film of record for this moment in American history,” Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, said in a statement.

“CNN Films Presents 9/11 Fifteen Years Later” will stream live via CNNgo and the CNNgo apps for iPad, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire, after which the film be available on demand.

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