Western Stars, the Bruce Springsteen documentary that also acts as the directorial debut for the singer, has been acquired by Warner Bros.
The studio will release the film in theaters this fall, following its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
The documentary, which was co-directed by Thom Zimny, features archival footage and personal narration, as well as Springsteen performing all 13 songs on Western Stars, his first studio album in five years and on which he is backed by a band and a full orchestra in his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.
A first look of the doc will be playing ahead of New Line’s Blinded by the Light, the real-life story of a Pakistani high schooler in Margaret Thatcher-era England that is inspired by Springsteen’s music.
“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With Western Stars, Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead,” Warner Bros. picture group chairman Toby Emmerich said Friday in a statement. “As one of his many fans for over 40 years, I couldn’t be happier to be a rider on this train with Bruce and Thom.”
Western Stars was written and performed by Springsteen, with special guest Patti Scialfa. Zimny, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr and George Travis produced the film, with Springsteen serving as executive producer. The original score is by Springsteen.