FilmRise has acquired select U.S. rights to the Cannes Classics documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, shot during the production of the film that nearly destroyed him. The Brooklyn-based distributor licensed the rights from Content Media and plans to release the film in New York and Los Angeles on November 13, as well as day-and-date on Internet VOD, Download to Own platforms and DVD and Blu-ray.
Here’s a rundown of the film, from FilmRise: By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood; he was at the top of his game, commanding respect from and wielding power over industry executives and A-list talent. Hot off the back of classics like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Thomas Crown Affair, McQueen was Hollywood’s swoon-inducing anti-hero, a king of cool and the notorious ladies’ man. A racing fanatic, his already-legendary status allowed him to begin production on a passion project about the greatest test of driving skill in the world: Le Mans, a 24-hour car race in France. When the shoot was plagued by financial troubles, on-set rivalries and rumors of his affairs, McQueen’s personal life began to unravel, as did production on the film. Interweaving original insights and revelations from those closest to McQueen – including his son Chad and first wife Neile – with never-before-seen production footage and private tape recordings of the star’s candid thoughts, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” takes the viewer inside the mind of this driven, complex movie idol as he fought to save his film.
The film is directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna of Noah Films, and is their fourth collaboration following the BAFTA-nominated The Fight Of Their Lives and When Playboys Ruled The World (2010) and Clough. Clarke penned the script and McKenna produced. Executive producers are Andrew Marriott, Bonamy Grimes, Barry Smith, Chad McQueen, David Green, David Reeder and Content’s Jamie Carmichael.
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and will be featured at the Deauville American Film Festival in September and the San Sebastian Film Festival in October.
“To this day, Steve McQueen remains one of the most iconic figures of Hollywood,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “We are honored to bring to audiences this haunting documentary that not only sheds light on such an important figure in American culture, but also reveals the behind-the-scenes drama of one of the most controversial film productions.”