Documentary on John Lewis set for release next year
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A documentary on Rep. John LewisJohn LewisObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial John Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event MORE (D-Ga.) is poised to get a theatrical release next year.

Film distributor Magnolia Pictures and production company Participant have acquired the North American rights to “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” the companies announced Thursday.

The documentary, produced by CNN Films, Time Studios and AGC Studios, focuses on the life of the 17-term congressman and famed civil rights activist. It includes archival footage as well as interviews with the 79-year-old Democrat and some of his colleagues in Congress.


“John Lewis’ unwavering commitment to public service is legendary,” Dawn Porter, the film’s director, said in a statement. “He is the voice of reason in a turbulent time, and we need his leadership today as much as we ever have. It is thrilling to have so many skilled and prestigious partners to launch this film into the world. I am incredibly grateful to them all."

News of the film was first reported by Variety.

Participant said it plans on creating a campaign that will be tied to the movie's release celebrating Lewis’s “iconic battle for voting rights and help in his fight to ensure that every eligible voter has access to the polls in 2020."

CNN Films, Magnolia Pictures and Participant previously worked together for the release of last year's “RBG,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgOn The Trail: Why 2020 is the most important election in our lifetime Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools Equal Rights Amendment will replace equality with enforced sameness MORE.

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” is expected to be released in spring of 2020.