Showtime has inked an exclusive deal with R. J. Cutler, the producer of the successful documentary 'The World According to Dick Cheney.' The two-year deal gives Showtime first-look rights to anything Cutler puts together--and that next project is a documentary about legendary actor Marlon Brando.
Cutler is currently producer on the hit series 'Nashville,' however given the recent successes of tv specials, movies and limited series, his deal seems quite fortuitous for both he and Showtime; the deal specifically lists documentaries from Cutler as the preferred projects to develop. This first project will team Cutler with executive producer John Battsek, of the Academy Award winning documentary 'Searching for Sugar Man.' Cutler has previously won an Emmy Award for his documentary series 'American High.'
Marlon Brando was a Hollywood star who lived to be eighty years old, dying in 2004. Brando's career spanned several key movements in cinematic history, from the classic film 'On the Waterfront' to the New Hollywood classic 'Apocalypse Now.' Martin Scorcese famously said of the actor "There's Brando and then there's everyone after Brando." Brando is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Don Corleone in 'The Godfather,' however there remains a cult following of his controversial performance in 'Last Tango in Paris' as well.
Brando was extremely active in politics throughout the Twentieth Century, championing civil rights for Native and African Americans as well as being an outspoken proponent of a Jewish state and Zionist homeland. Cutler's documentary should have plenty of material to draw upon to make an entertaining program for Showtime.