Following the June 5th passing of legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury, actor Joe Mantegna is producing a documentary about the influential writer. The Criminal Mind star’s (who also voices Fat Tony on The Simpsons) Aquaviva Productions will produce the doc, with Mantegna slated to narrate.
According to Deadline, the documentary, titled Live Forever, will feature interviews with a number of actors, including Malcolm McDowell, Edward James Olmos, and Dennis Franz. The late Roy Disney, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, and French explorer (and son of Jacques) Jean-Michel Cousteau, are some of the other notable figures who will appear in the film.
Live Forever will be 90-minutes long, and is scheduled for release in December of this year. It is also a possible that a four-hour mini-series version of the film will appear later on television. Michael O’Kelly will direct and co-produce the documentary along with Aquaviva Pictures’ Danny Ramm.
By the time of his death at the age of 91 (coincidentally enough he died during a transit of Venus), Bradbury was credited with writing 27 novels, and more than 600 short stories, working in fantasy, horror, and mystery as well as science fiction. In a career that began in the 1940s, his best-known works are probably the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
Bradbury also had a huge impact on Hollywood. Many of his stories were adapted for anthology shows like The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Over the years dozens of feature films and television programs were based on his stories and scripts.