Showtime has slated a documentary about the long-awaited release of “Smile,” the shelved but ultimately completed album from the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, to premiere on the channel in October.
David Leaf (A&E’s “Billy Joel: In His Own Words”) directed “Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile,” a chronicling of the events leading up to the record’s worldwide release Sept. 28. LSL Prods. produced the film in association with Richard Waltzer’s Chautauqua Entertainment.
Doc will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of February’s first “Smile” concert in London along with interviews with Wilson, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, George Martin, Roger Daltrey, Elvis Costello, Jeff Bridges and Rob Reiner.
“Smile” is “among history’s great unfinished works, and this extraordinary documentary will explain why,” Showtime entertainment topper Robert Greenblatt said. “Music fans, as well as the average viewer, will all be able to relate to the story of this remarkable record’s birth, demise and triumphant return to life.”
Album was intended to be the follow-up to the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds,” but was shelved on account of Wilson’s growing depression. Last year, Wilson regrouped with Van Dyke Parks to finish the record.