A documentary that was completed before the tragic deaths this week of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is headed to HBO. Variety reports that “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” is “a chronicle of the extraordinary bond that mother and daughter forged over six decades in the unrelenting glare of showbiz’s spotlight.”
The project, directed by Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, had its world premiere in May at Cannes and was screened at the New York Film Festival in October. HBO has yet to announce a formal premiere date, but the project is expected to premiere on the pay-cable channel early next year.
Variety talked with HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins, who said of the movie: “It’s a love story.” Nevins added: “Carrie wanted to make ‘Bright Lights’ for Debbie and Debbie wanted to make it for Carrie.”
Variety notes that much of the footage for the documentary was shot about a year ago. “The movie depicts the intensely close relationship that mother and daughter maintained through all their personal and professional ups and downs,” the report adds.