Magazine article Screen International

BB King Doc Lands UK Deal; Brewer Readies Nat King Cole, Slash Films

Magazine article Screen International

BB King Doc Lands UK Deal; Brewer Readies Nat King Cole, Slash Films

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EXCLUSIVE: GFM Films has sold UK rights to G2 Pictures for BB King: The Life of Riley.

The deal was signed after a market screening on Friday evening. G2 plans an autumn theatrical release.

Jon Brewer, the director and producer of the King feature documentary, is planning two new music-themed projects about Nat King Cole and Slash.

The first is Magic Window, a feature-length documentary about Nat King Cole, which is already at a rough edit stage and being readied for a 2013 launch.

The film will include two songs recently discovered in EMI's vaults. There was a mislabelled tape found that included two songs that have never been released - one called Magic Window and the other of Cole signing with his then-six-year-old daughter Natalie. Brewer, who interviewed Natalie and Cole's 92-year-old widow, said: "They were one of the most important black families in America. He was a beacon."

He is also making Slash, about the Guns N' Roses guitarist, which will start shooting in the US in July. …

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