Leaving Neverland's Dan Reed announces next documentary subject

Stephanie Chase
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From Digital Spy

Leaving Neverland filmmaker Dan Reed has unveiled details of his next documentary subject.

Reed will be teaming up with HBO in the US and the BBC in the UK for Superbug, which will tell the story of how antibiotics became a miracle cure for humanity, but they are now in danger of losing their powers as antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are on the rise.

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Variety reports that it will be a "hybrid documentary", incorporating scripted elements that "will offer the opportunity for Hollywood talent to be involved".

Reed told the publication: "Superbug will feel like an epic, entertaining movie, using the full arsenal of screen storytelling: movie-grade computer-generated imagery, scripted drama and cinematography, and an orchestral musical score alongside classical documentary techniques with all the truth, intimacy, immediacy and sense of engagement that they deliver."

The film will be distributed internationally by Kew Media, who also handled the distribution for Leaving Neverland.

“The use of new digital technologies in Superbug will enhance traditional storytelling and bring a cinematic experience into each viewer’s living room,” said Jonathan Ford, EVP of sales for Kew Media Distribution.

“We are honoured to build our catalogue of documentaries from the award-winning producer, Dan Reed.”

Photo credit: Pro Co - Channel 4

HBO is currently still embroiled in a $100 million lawsuit with Michael Jackson's estate over Leaving Neverland. In September, HBO lost their attempt to get the lawsuit dismissed by a judge.

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