Did you know that actor Edward Norton‘s production company has been making a documentary film about President-Elect Barack Obama‘s rise to power — since 2006?
Well, now you know.
Long before President-elect Barack Obama had even made up his mind to run for the highest office in the land, Edward Norton and his Class 5 Films production company were already documenting the Senator’s life. The 39-year-old actor said that he became inspired by Obama’s 2004 speech at the National Democratic Convention and felt inspired to capture someone from his generation — and not his parent’s — inspiring so many and rising in leadership.
After being inspired by Obama’s historic DNC speech, the Norton began rolling their cameras in 2006.
Since 2006 — starting with Obama’s trip to Africa — Norton and his team have had the cameras rolling every step of the way. The whole project was kept fairly secret — since neither the campaign nor Norton wanted it to fuel any criticism of Obama’s ‘celebrity’.
As interest in Obama has skyrocketed, so too has interest in the documentary footage.
Back in August, it was reported that HBO was highly interested in snagging the rights to the footage. Their initial plans were to air the series within the first ‘100 days of the Obama Presidency’; provided he win. Mission accomplished.
So, keep an eye out for Norton’s ‘Obamamentary‘ — perhaps as early as spring 2009.