Shout! Factory has announced that its film unit Shout! Studios has partnered with Ace Film HK Company and Friendship Films to produce Cormans’ Hollywood, a documentary series about the life & career of genre film icon Roger Corman. Created, written, and co-produced by Ashley Sidaway & Robert Sidaway, the series consists of thirteen hour-long episodes featuring new and archival footage & interviews with Corman & his wife Julie, and others in Hollywood who’ve worked with the couple in their seven decades in the film industry.
Roger & Julie Corman said: “It has been a rewarding and emotional experience to share some of the great moments and memories from so many of our films over seven decades. We have been privileged to work as independents in Hollywood that in a way has allowed us to bring our stories to the screen for audiences around the world. We have worked with some great actors, directors and writers, and this has been a great opportunity to revisit the creation and production of these movies as producers, director and distributor. Our hope is that audiences get as much pleasure and fun from this series as we had making these films”
Shout! Factory founders and co-CEOs Bob Emmer & Garson Foos stated: “Roger is undeniably one of the most prolific producers and directors in Hollywood. His movies entertained and stunned millions around the world. His and Julie’s ingenuity and independent spirit resonate far beyond the silver screen and today’s entertainment industry. It’s important that their insights and stories continue for generations to come”
Friendship Films’ Robert Sidaway added: “Having always been a serious fan of Corman films and admired Roger and Julie’s mix of commercial impulses with social themes, it’s been wonderful to spend so much time in their company and record their personal creative drive, humor, and passion that went into every one of their movies.”
As we reported back in March, Shout! Factory purchased the rights to the entirety of Corman’s film collection along with Ace Film Company HK.
Ace CEO Henry Luk stated: “Ever since Ace and Shout jointly acquired the Cormans’ New Horizon Picture library, we’ve been looking for additional opportunities to co-develop the library. This project with Shout and the producer team of Robert and Ashley Sidaway is the first, and we look forward to many more.”
Shout! Studios will distribute the series in the US, but there was no information given regarding the release medium.
Legendary filmmaker Roger Corman and producer Julie Corman share insightful stories and defining moments from their movies, recall talent and young filmmakers they mentored, as well as provide behind-the-scenes perspectives for the films they produced on the smallest budget that hit box-office gold.