Actor/comedian Steve Martin is the subject of a new two-part documentary directed and produced by Morgan Neville that’s set to be released by Apple TV+. The film, which is expected to debut in late 2023, is being produced by A24 in tandem with Neville and Caitrin Rogers’ Tremolo Productions.
Neville has created many film and TV projects over the years, including the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, about Fred (Mister) Rogers, which became the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time. His documentary Best of Enemies, about the celebrated 1960s-era debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, was shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award He also directed the 2021 doc Roadrunner, about celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
In a comment to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin implied he was not intimately involved with Neville’s project, saying “It’s someone else’s take. They found a lot of archival stuff [such as] a photo of my father in 1944 [sic] in Germany, touring Our Town with the USO.”
In 2007, Martin published his memoir Born Standing Up, about his long career as a stand-up comic. A memoir about his film career is due later this year; the book has been described by Martin as “a collection of anecdotes and diversions.”
Neville’s doc will offer viewers a glimpse into Martin’s several roles as actor, comedian, playwright, novelist, and musician. Martin is currently appearing in the Hulu comedy Only Murders in the Building, for which he has received three Emmy nominations. His filmography includes Father of the Bride, The Jerk, L.A. Story, Parenthood, and Roxanne.
In recent years, Apple has added several documentaries to its playlist, including pics about Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sidney Poitier, and the Velvet Underground. In addition to the Steve Martin piece, Apple TV+ recently announced a feature film about Michael J. Fox was in the works.