Oscar-winning director, Martin Scorsese, has signed on to produce a documentary film version of Roger Ebert’s memoir, Life Itself. Steve James is set to direct alongside executive producer, Steven Zaillian. Zaillian previously collaborated with Scorsese on Gangs of New York.
The infamous film critic is delighted with the film’s team stating, “When I first learned they were interested, the news came out of a clear blue sky,” Ebert wrote in a correspondence with the Chicago Sun-Times. “I once wrote a blog about Steve James’ Hoop Dreams, calling it ‘the great American documentary.’ His The Interrupters, about volunteers trying to stop street violence in Chicago, is urgent and brave. Now to think of him interested in my memoir is awesome. Zaillian and Scorsese are also brilliant film-makers. I couldn’t be happier, especially since I never thought of Life Itself as a film.”
Life Itself details Roger Ebert’s battle with alcoholism, his marriage, political and religious beliefs, and his struggles with thyroid cancer, which has rendered him unable to speak since 2006.