Scorsese Making Roger Ebert Documentary with 'Hoop Dreams' Director

September 7, 2012


After decades of fighting through the World of Film, Roger Ebert reaches the final boss: the movie of HIMSELF.

As tweeted by the critic himself, Ebert's new-to-paperback memoir Life Itself has been optioned by Hoop Dreams director Steve James, screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Gangs of New York), and executive producer Martin Scorsese for adaptation into a documentary. Reached for comment by Indiewire, Ebert responded:

"This dropped out of the blue. They say they have a good idea for an approach. I believe Steve James' 'Hoop Dreams' is one of the greatest documentaries ever made, and my hopes for this are so high. I never thought of my book as a doc. I'm keeping hands off any involvement, such as with the screenplay, because I don't want to be a third wheel. Whatever they do I will be fascinated."

Hopefully the documentary will remember to ask him what's good right now.

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