The premium cable channel has acquired the U.S. and Canadian television rights to the feature-length documentary “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” which was produced by the Rolling Stones frontman.
The documentary directed by Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”), will debut on HBO on Oct. 27 at 9 p.m.
Made with the cooperation of the deceased singer’s estate, “Mr. Dynamite” features rare and never-before-seen footage of the “Living in America” belter, along with interviews and photos. Interviews with Jagger, Rev. Al Sharpton, “Pee Wee” Ellis and Bootsy Collins, among others, will also help to tell the tale of Brown’s rise to prominence as the Godfather of Soul and social activist.
“We had full access to amazing never-before-seen photos and video from James Brown’s estate, which Alex Gibney used brilliantly to tell the story of James’ career from its inception through its pinnacle,” Jagger said. “We spoke with the extraordinary people who knew James well and worked alongside him throughout his career. By hearing their fascinating stories and memories, we were able to paint the full picture of James as both a musical artist and social activist, whose legacy and impact on the music industry is ever-present.”
In addition to the documentary, Jagger is also a producer of the James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” and is producing a drama about the ’70s rock scene with Martin Scorsese for HBO.