Abramorama and Showtime Networks will release the documentary “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” in theaters on Nov. 24.
Showtime will air the film with a broadcast premiere on Feb. 10. The documentary, directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, is a Zanuck Co. and Passion Pictures production. Producers are Zanuck, Scooter Weintraub, Larry Yelen, and John Battsek. Vinnie Malhotra is the executive producer.
Abramorama has become a specialist in releasing music-driven documentaries, collaborating with Green Day, Neil Young, and Pearl Jam, and releasing films about the Beatles, Bert Berns, Clive Davis, Sean Combs, and the Grateful Dead.
Clapton has won 18 Grammys and is the only person inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Richard Abramowitz, president of Abramorama, said: “The breadth of Eric Clapton’s career – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos — is impossible to be true and yet Lili Fini Zanuck’s brilliant film makes it clear that it is. We’re very proud to start the holiday season with this gift to lovers of great music.”
The movie includes access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive, including his most famous performances, backstage footage, home movie footage, iconic and private photos, handwritten letters, and personal diary entries.