(We kid; the top story is its pending acquisition of MGM.) But “Val,” a chronicle of the method actor behind “The Doors” and “Top Gun,” also ranks as a buzzy purchase as Amazon makes moves to compete in the streaming wars.
Amazon Studios will release the documentary later this year in the U.S. and Latin America. A24 controls all remaining worldwide rights.
From directors Leo Scott and Ting Poo, “Val” will feature never-before-seen footage that’s been captured by Kilmer himself over the course of 40 years. Kilmer, who is described in the studio’s press release as “one of Hollywood’s most mercurial and/or misunderstood actors,” has amassed thousands of hours of footage, from home videos made with his brothers to time preparing for “Top Gun” and “Batman Forever.”
“At least once a day for years I looked around and got this bittersweet feeling that there are a thousand reasons that this project could’ve been shipwrecked,” Kilmer said in a statement. “I mean, what could a film look like of a man filming himself, sometimes daily, years at a time? It is unimaginable that this movie actually could’ve ever come to light without the partnership of my dear friends, Leo and Ting, and my producing partners. Tireless hours of editing and endless emotions with each new cut! I couldn’t be more proud to share this with the world!”
The film is the first feature in a slate of documentaries and documentary series produced by the indie company A24.
Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke adds, “Filmmakers Leo Scott and Ting Poo have a unique, cutting-edge style and artistry, weaving together never-before-seen footage into a beautiful, raw story about this renowned and celebrated actor, artist and man.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.