added: Tue, Feb 28th '17
Executive produced by Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg, Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men) and media mogul Barry Diller, "Five Came Back" is a new original Netflix documentary series based on journalist Mark Harris' best-selling nonfiction book about how five legendary Hollywood directors changed the way the American people saw and understood the second world war.
In an attempt to combat Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine, the U.S. government and military were forced to turn to Hollywood for help, giving the entertainment industry full creative control to produce patriotic war documentaries and newsreels. Five of Hollywood's most prominent directors of that time -- John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, and Frank Capra -- stepped up to the challenge. They all enlisted and left their families and Hollywood careers for the chance to direct and produce war movies and documentaries, many of which were filmed during actual battles.
The three-part docu-series, directed by making-of documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau (The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws') and narrated by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, takes a retrospective look at the wartime films of these five directing legends, as well as the history behind them.
Featuring interviews with some of today's most revered film directors (Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, and Lawrence Kasdan), "Five Came Back" will premiere on Netflix beginning Friday, March 31st. Watch the newly-released trailer, above.
On a side note: Netflix is also planning to release 13 war documentaries (including Ford's Oscar-winner "The Battle of Midway" and Wyler's "The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress") featured in this docu-series, which will be available for streaming around the time of the premiere.
The extraordinary wartime experience of five of Hollywood's most legendary directors -- John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, and Frank Capra -- all of whom put their stamp on World War II and were changed forever by it. Based on the nonfiction book by Mark Harris, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Scott Rudin and Barry Diller.
directed by Laurent Bouzereau
starring Meryl Streep (narrator), Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, and Lawrence Kasdan
release date March 31, 2017 (on Netflix)