Warner Bros. Acquires Peter Jackson Documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’

The documentary race for the 91st Oscars continues to add competition to an already crowded race. There has been significant support for several big films in 2018 already. “Free Solo,” “Minding the Gap” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” continue to receive support from every body that votes. ” Others, like “Three Identical Strangers” and “RBG” are hot on the trail. Netflix still has a dark horse to compete with “Shirkers” receiving a strong push. Now, the Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson will enter the fray with his colorized documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” with the help of Warner Bros. 

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. will jump back into the documentary field thanks to the epic nature of Jackson’s project. He not only colorized the footage but also added stereoscopic 3D viewing as an option. While the release date has yet to be confirmed, “They Shall Not Grow Old” premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on October 16. Those who saw the film felt rather positive, with the current Rotten Tomatoes score sitting at 100% (albeit with only 13 reviews).

One of the benefits of having Jackson’s involvement so pronounced is that he carries the epic moniker with him. Regardless of where you sit on “The Hobbit” franchise, they were the definition of spectacle. The same obviously goes for his Oscar-winning trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” from 2001-2003. “They Shall Not Grow Old” has the ability to earn a lot of money over a theatrical run, especially in the UK. There’s potential for the film to gain awards traction, but the extra box office potential adds an extra incentive for Warner Bros. to push the project.

What do you think of “They Shall Not Grow Old” landing at Warner Bros? Could it be a late-breaking film in the documentary race? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

“They Shall Not Grow Old” will be distributed by Warner Bros. 

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