May 27, 2021
Amazon Studios has acquired U.S. and Latin American rights to the documentary Val, about actor Val Kilmer.
From directors Leo Scott and Ting Poo, this is the first feature in the slate of documentaries and doc-series being produced by A24, which has a nonfiction arm led by Ben Cotner.
Amazon Studios will release the documentary later this year in the United States and Latin America. A24 controls all remaining worldwide rights.
For more than 40 years Kilmer, one of Hollywood’s most mercurial and/or misunderstood actors has been documenting his own life and craft through film and video. He has amassed thousands of hours of footage, from 16mm home movies made with his brothers, to time spent in iconic roles for blockbuster movies such as Top Gun, The Doors, Tombstone and Batman Forever. The documentary reveals a life lived to extremes and a look at what it means to be an artist and a complex man.
“At least once a day for years I looked around and got this bittersweet feeling that there are a thousand reasons that this project could’ve been shipwrecked,” Kilmer said in a statement. “I mean, what could a film look like of a man filming himself, sometimes daily, years at a time? It is unimaginable that this movie actually could’ve ever come to light without the partnership of my dear friends, Leo and Ting, and my producing partners. Tireless hours of editing and endless emotions with each new cut. I couldn’t be more proud to share this with the world.”
“Filmmakers Leo Scott and Ting Poo have a unique, cutting-edge style and artistry, weaving together never-before-seen footage into a beautiful, raw story about this renowned and celebrated actor, artist and man,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with Val and the A24 team on their first produced documentary feature and to share this unprecedented film with audiences.”