Apple Original Films has landed the rights to a nonfiction feature film about the life of beloved actor and advocate Michael J. Fox. Along with focusing on Fox’s acting career, the film will also offer viewers a never-before-seen look into his private journey following his Parkinson’s diagnosis at age 29.
Apple TV+ secures rights to Michael J. Fox film from Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim
The currently untitled Michael J. Fox feature film is in production across New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. The film comes from Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, who also serves as director. As per Apple’s announcement, the film will use documentary, archival and scripted elements to recount Fox’s story in his own words – “the improbable tale of an undersized kid from a Canadian army base who rose to the heights of stardom in 1980s Hollywood.”
The account of Fox’s public life, full of nostalgic thrills and cinematic gloss, will unspool alongside his never-before-seen private journey, including the years that followed his diagnosis, at age 29, with Parkinson’s disease. Intimate and honest, and produced with unprecedented access to Fox and his family, the film will chronicle Fox’s personal and professional triumphs and travails, and will explore what happens when an incurable optimist confronts an incurable disease.
Alongside Fox’s producing partner Nelle Fortenberry and others working on the project, Lauren Powell Jobs will serve as an executive producer. Power Jobs is the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
The untitled Michael J. Fox feature film is produced by Concordia Studio making the project the second partnership for Apple and Concordia Studio following the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Boys State.”
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