Friday, May 17, 2024

Official Becoming Led Zeppelin documentary acquired for theatrical release

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia (excluding Japan), and Benelux to the first official Led Zeppelin documentary “Becoming Led Zeppelin.”

Directed by Bernard MacMahon (“American Epic”), the project delivers awe-inspiring, psychedelic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music as the members of Led Zeppelin tell their origin story in their own words.

Highly anticipated since its announcement and subsequent work-in-progress screening at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, where it received a 10-minute standing ovation, the now completed film features a brand-new sound mix, newly unearthed material from the archives of all four band members (including home movies and family photos), and exclusive interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones, as well as never-before-heard interviews with the late John Bonham.

The hybrid docu-concert film also unveils a huge amount of unseen Led Zeppelin performance footage, including The Fillmore West (January 1969), The Atlanta Pop Festival (July 1969), and The Texas Pop Festival (August 1969).

“When I saw the early cut of the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, it was amazing,” says Jimmy Page. "The energy of the story, and the power of the music, is phenomenal.”

“We have spent years designing this film to be experienced on the big screen with the best possible sound,”
adds MacMahon.

“We loved this film from the first moment we saw it,” shared Sony Pictures Classics. “It has been nothing short of extraordinary to witness the organic process Bernard, Allison, and their team have taken to sculpt what has turned out to be THE definitive film on the origins of Led Zeppelin. We are honored to be working with such committed artists who have crafted a film that immediately transports you right into the energy and excitement of that time. It seamlessly weaves astonishing performances, archival footage, and interviews through superb editing and impeccable sound design. This film is a grand theatrical experience and we are very proud to be bringing it to the world.”

No further details were provided regarding a potential timeline for the theatrical release of “Becoming Led Zeppelin.”

Formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 and have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide.

The group disbanded in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham, but the surviving members have occasionally reunited for special charity events – including a December 10, 2007 tribute concert at London’s O2 Arena for friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, which was released in 2012 as “Celebration Day.”

Get your copy of the Blu-ray edition of “Celebration Day” here or the DVD/2CD version here.

See also:

The Black Crowes rock rare Led Zeppelin classic on The Howard Stern Show
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss announce North American tour
Robert Plant announces spring UK tour with Saving Grace
Jimmy Page delivers surprise performance at 2023 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction
Search Led Zeppelin at hennemusic