Definitive Documentary Series on Willie Nelson in Production

photo: Pamela Springsteen

If you can’t get enough of Willie Nelson, you’re about to get a lot more in the not too distant future. Production outfit Blackbird Presents that’s been behind many of the recent tribute concerts to country legends has partnered with Sight Unseen Pictures to produce what they hope to be the definitive documentary series on the country legend called Willie Nelson and Family.

The docuseries is currently being filmed and is said to be well into the production process, with exclusive and unparalleled access to archive footage and material from the Willie Nelson estate, while they’re also shooting new footage on site in places such as Austin, Willie’s second home in Maui, along with Nashville, Los Angeles and New York. 

The docuseries is being directed by Emmy Award & Grammy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny who’s been a longtime collaborator with Bruce Springsteen, and has also worked on films about Elvis and Johnny Cash. It’s also being directed by Academy Award-nominated & Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer Oren Moverman known for movies such as The Messenger and Time Out Of Mind.

The project was developed by longtime Willie Nelson manager Mark Rothbaum and Blackbird Presents Founder & Chief Creative Officer Keith Wortman, who also worked to make television productions out of the numerous Blackbird Presents tribute concerts. Willie’s wife Annie Nelson is also involved as an executive producer.

There’s no word at the moment of when the docuseries might be released since it’s still in production, but this doesn’t sound like it will be just another 30-minute or hour-long PBS-style special, but a more in-depth retrospective on the life and career of the now 88-year-old country legend and the family band that’s been there will him most every step of the way.

More information when it becomes available.

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