It was announced this week by Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures that the two companies will bring Academy Award winner Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” to movie theaters across the U.S. on December 17th. There will also be an encore presentation on December 27th. The film is presented in 2D and RealD 3D, and tickets go on sale on November 16th at FathamEvents.com as well as participating theater box offices.
Jackson recorded a special introduction to the film, which he has called his most personal, offering his perspective on why the film is important for audiences, who have never experienced WWI footage as anything but grainy black & white or in stills.
The screening will be immediately followed by special content offering firsthand insights into the making of the film.
The documentary is a look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time. Through state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.
“We knew that partnering with Warner Bros. to bring this extraordinary documentary to U.S. audiences was essential,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “Putting this documentary on the big screen via the Fathom network will further illuminate Jackson’s work and allow moviegoers to see the impressive visual detail of the restored footage as though they were a part of that moment in time.”
Carolyn Blackwood, President and Chief Content Officer, New Line Cinema and executive producer on “The Hobbit” Trilogy stated, “This documentary is simply special on every level – it is an arresting and gripping way to humanize and honor those who served so bravely during WWI by using actual footage shot at the time and narrated with the voices of the soldiers who experienced it. Leave it to Peter to come up with a groundbreaking way to reflect back on a period in history that deserves another look.”
Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, said, “With this being the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I can’t imagine a more appropriate time to honor the courage of the soldiers who fought in WWI – what was then ‘the war to end all wars’ – many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Peter has made history come alive through the medium of film, and we are so pleased to be a part of bringing his vision to today’s audiences.”