Following the death of the Hollywood icon Sidney Poitier on Friday, Deadline has confirmed that Apple is in the middle of filming a documentary on the Oscar-winning actor with Oprah Winfrey exec producing and Reginald Hudlin directing. Winfrey will produce through her Harpo Productions and Network Entertainment.
The doc had been under wraps and in production for more than a year and is an in-depth documentary about the life of the great Poitier that includes the participation of his family. The doc will be an Apple Original Films release.
Poitier, who died Friday at the age of 94 at his home in Beverly Hills, was the first Black man to win an Academy Award, for best actor for 1963’s Lilies of the Field. Following that breakout performance that turned him into a star, he would continue to be a trailblazer in helping opening doors for other minority performers as he starred in such classics as In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and To Sir, With Love.