Brian Rasic/WireImageAn upcoming documentary on Eric Clapton will be directed by Oscar-winning producer Lili Fini Zanuck.
According to Variety, Zanuck, who took home an Academy Award for producing 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy, will team with producer John Battsek for the Clapton project titled Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars. Battsek previously produced Oscar-winners One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man.
Zanuck says Clapton’s personal life will be “the emotional spine” of the documentary. The film details his traumatic childhood through the worldwide success of his musical career, his struggle with drug addiction and the tragic death of his young son in 1991 and achieving happiness a decade later. Zanuck says, “It is indeed a melancholic victory lap, full of nostalgic myth, but always musically potent, always looking to the future.”
Zanuck adds that Clapton’s “absolute” commitment to the blues from his earliest days will be the foundation of the film. She explains, “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”
Battsek says the project is aided by the fact the filmmakers “have unique access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries.”
Zanuck previously directed the 1991 crime drama Rush, which featured Clapton’s Grammy-winning track “Tears in Heaven.” Clapton also wrote and performed on the film’s score.
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