Roger Ebert’s life story is headed to the big screen. The preeminent film critic announced through his Twitter account Friday that his 2011 memoir, “Life Itself,” has been optioned for a documentary film by documentarian Steve James and screenwriter/director Steven Zaillian.
Martin Scorsese is in line as executive producer of the film. Ebert’s book touched on his long career as a critic, as well as his health problems in recent years. Ebert lost his speaking voice to throat cancer, but has continued his writing career in a stunningly prolific fashion.
James is best known as the director of the 1994 documentary “Hoop Dreams”- a film vocally championed at the time by Ebert and his then-cohost Gene Siskel.