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HBO’s ‘Spielberg’ Doc to Premiere This Fall With Rare Footage and Tons of Interviews

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HBO is turning the camera around on one of the most iconic filmmakers of our time with a new documentary exploring the prolific filmography of beloved director Steven Spielberg. Set to premiere this fall, Spielberg features behind-the-scenes footage from some of the director’s most famous films and boasts an interview roster that is absolutely stacked with talent — including J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale and Oprah Winfrey.

HBO has officially set an October 7 premiere date for Spielberg, which will debut simultaneously on the network’s flagship channel, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and HBO Now. Directed by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, Spielberg examines the life and work of the eponymous filmmaker, whose successful career has spanned several decades and includes classics such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List. The doc also features interviews with several of the director’s family, famous friends and colleagues. Here’s a crazy list of just some of the 80-plus subjects interviewed for Spielberg:

J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis.

And here’s the official synopsis from HBO:

One of the most famous filmmakers in the world, Steven Spielberg pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before in the exclusive HBO presentation SPIELBERG. The feature-length documentary examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time. Directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, this unprecedented chronicle debuts SATURDAY, OCT. 7, exclusively on HBO. The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalogue of groundbreaking films over the course of his nearly 50-year career. Charting the evolution of this iconic figure, Lacy draws on nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking, his precocious early work as a TV “wunderkind,” his rise to fame through an incredible string of blockbusters, his later forays into more serious dramatic films, and the personal and professional relationships he’s cultivated through the years.

HBO further describes the doc as “a remarkably intimate portrait that combines Spielberg’s compelling first-person narrative with an in-depth exploration of the creative process and craftsmanship that have set him apart, highlighting themes such as separation, reconciliation, patriotism, humanity and wonder, which recur throughout his work.”

Once again, that premiere date is October 7 — just 20 days before Stranger Things, which counts the iconic filmmaker among its influences, debuts its second season on Netflix.

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