Led Zeppelin Ready First Official Feature Documentary
The film will be helmed by 'American Epic' director Bernard MacMahon
Published May 08, 2019In the midst of celebrating 50 years since their formation, Led Zeppelin have announced the milestone year will coincide with the release of their first-ever official documentary film.
The yet-to-be-titled film, which is currently in post-production, was directed by filmmaker Bernard MacMahon, who made his debut in 2017 with the roots music film series American Epic.
The film will explore the band's early years, first charting each member's path to their formation as Led Zeppelin in 1968. The doc will culminate in 1970, when the band's Led Zeppelin II LP knocked the Beatles' Abbey Road from the top of the charts.
The documentary will include new interviews with surviving members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, as well as archival interviews with late drummer John Bonham. The production also promises never-before-seen archive film and photographs.
"The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring that story to life," bassist John Paul Jones said in announcing the film.
"When I saw everything Bernard had done visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story," Page added, while Plant offered, "Seeing Will Shade, and so many other important early American musicians, brought to life on the big screen in American Epic inspired me to contribute to a very interesting and exciting story."
Variety notes that the film will be shopped at Cannes and that Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub will executive produce. A release date for the documentary has yet to be revealed.