CNN is developing a film centered around Congressman John Lewis, one of the most respected Congressmen and civil rights icons in the modern political climate. Lewis is renowned for his honesty, morality, and admirable character. The Georgian Congressman has suffered many health complications but continues to persevere in public service and represent the intertwining of morality in politics. A conspicuous force in the 116th Congress, Lewis continuously fights for what he believes is right. The Congressman is a beacon of morality in a tumultuous time of inauthenticity and political turmoil.
Directed by Dawn Porter, the film will explore Lewis’ life and his extraordinary career as a public servant. Porter will use current interviews to dive into Lewis’ childhood, experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, and follow the Congressman on the campaign trail through the 2018 midterm elections. The film will honor representative Lewis’ incredible accomplishments and recognize the Congressman for his powerful speeches and invaluable guidance as a figure of studied integrity.
CNN Films has ramped up production of political documentaries after the success of RBG. Lewis’ extraordinary career and high visibility in Trump era politics has made him a perfect candidate for CNN’s next documentary. While Lewis has little movie experience, the Congressman was asked to announce the Oscar for Best Picture. This news was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.