Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the global distribution rights to the Peter Jackson-directed WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” which premiered at the London Film Festival earlier this month.
The film blends previously unseen film footage and audio recordings from the Imperial War Museum’s film archives with state of the art technology that includes colorized and sharpened images converted to stereoscopic 3D. The doco humanizes the experiences of the young British soldiers who fought in the war a century ago.
The film was screened for top Warners studio brass who then made the decision to pick up the film and are now planning to release it theatrically around the world likely before year’s end. Sadly the picture won’t be eligible for Best Documentary consideration by the Academy as it missed this year’s October 1st deadline.