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Roger Ebert's Memoir To Be Turned Into Documentary


"Life Itself," Roger Ebert's 2011 memoir, will be made into a movie.

Martin Scorsese, Steven Zaillian and Steve James have already been linked to the project. Ebert broke the news on Twitter:

"Whoa! My memoir has been optioned for a doc by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") and Steven Zaillian, with Martin Scorsese as exec producer."

The memoir covers Ebert's battle with esophageal cancer, his alcoholism, his marriage, politics and spiritual beliefs. IndieWire reached the film critic for further comment:

"This dropped out of the blue. They say they have a good idea for an approach. I believe Steve James' "Hoop Dreams" is one of the greatest documentaries ever made, and my hopes for this are so high. I never thought of my book as a doc. I'm keeping hands off any involvement, such as with the screenplay, because I don't want to be a third wheel. Whatever they do I will be fascinated."

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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