HBO, always a packed room, unveiled several high-profile development announcements at The Winter Press Tour.
Filmmaker Spike Lee will revisit New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina with follow-up documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Production is underway with a planned summer debut. HBO has also picked-up the U.S. TV rights to documentary Sins of My Father, which tells the inside story of the most notorious drug lord in Columbian history. It premieres in Fall 2010.
Additionally, HBO Documentary Films has announced its documentary lineup for the first half of 2010:
-- A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration (debuts Jan. 31).
-- The Black List: Volume 3 (Feb. 8)
-- Reporter (Feb. 18)
-- Afghan Star (March 18)
-- A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism (April 2)
-- Burma VJ (April, specific date to be confirmed)
-- Sergio (May, specific date to be confirmed)
In the sports arena, HBO has begun production on Broad Street Bullies, a documentary about the legendary Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup championship squads of the 1970s. It premieres during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May.
Other sports projects include:
-- Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, another HBO Sports documentary, will debut on Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The special traces the history of the competition between two legends—Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird.
--Jimmie Johnson, Race to Daytona, its first nonboxing series on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. Four episodes have been ordered.