HBO is Brining its Mike Nichols Documentary to Sundance


HBO’s documentary on the famous director will be in competition at Sundance.

HBO’s days of dominating award season may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the media giant isn’t going to try to rack up as many as possible. With a new documentary that airs next year, HBO is hoping to get some early love at the Sundance Film Festival that could lead to more awards further down the line.

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According to the New York Times, Becoming Mike Nichols was granted last-minute entry into the Sundance Film Festival. It will be taking a prime seat in a programmed section that is “dedicated to high-profile documentaries.” Mike Nichols, who passed away last year, was one the most well-regarded directors out there.

Unfortunately he never really became a house name; certainly not in the way that Steven Spielberg is.

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The documentary, which is directed by Douglas McGrath, will only focus on Mike Nichol’s early career and will eschew the usual celebrity interviews. For those that don’t recognize Nichol’s name, he was the man behind The Graduate, The Birdcage, and Charlie Wilson’s War, just to name a few. He was also a successful theater director.

Becoming Mike Nichols, much like HBO’s Robert Mapplethorpe documentary, is competing with another. PBS will be running their own Nichols documentary, thought it won’t be in competition at Sundance.

Next: Sean Penn will become Andrew Jackson.

Becoming Mike Nichols will premiere on February 22nd (the same month as Vinyl!but will screen earlier at the Sundance Film Festival, which begins on January 21st.