EPIX, premium entertainment network, announced today the acquisition of U.S. rights to the new documentary Milius which will be screened at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. The EPIX Original Documentary, which will premiere on EPIX and all platforms including EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps, examines the life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius, and his fall from Hollywood grace despite his legendary work.
Milius’ work includes infamous films such as "Apocalypse Now", "Jaws", "Conan The Barbarian", "Dirty Harry" and "Red Dawn” but he ultimately faced dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behavior. He was a mentor to filmmaking greats including George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and had a profoundly positive impact on their career, and yet he began to find it increasingly difficult to get his projects made due to violence and fallout from Red Dawn. The documentary explores whether the persona of “Milius” – the gun slinging, anti-Hollywood conservative – may have completely overshadowed “John”, the acclaimed writer and director. Are his best years behind him? Or is his final chapter going to redefine what the world, and the movie industry, thinks of John Frederick Milius?
The film includes in depth interviews with Milius himself and others such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Francis Ford Coppola, Harrison Ford, Michael Mann, Robert Zemeckis, Oliver Stone, Bryan Singer, Charlie Sheen, Matthew Weiner and more.
“ Milius is the fascinating story about a major character in Hollywood who brought some of the most influential films to light, and yet whose polarizing personality led to his obscurity. It will be a tremendous addition to the EPIX Docs slate and we’re pleased to premiere it on all platforms our viewers will want to watch it,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO.“We made a documentary that highlights the trials and tribulations of one of Hollywood’s biggest living influencers, whose pipeline of directing work stalled but who remains very much an icon. We are thrilled to work with EPIX to give people a first hand view of Milius’ work and the ending to his career which has yet to be written,” said Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa, Directors and Co-Founders of Chop Shop Entertainment.