Apple announced on Thursday that it will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with the release of a new documentary in September. 9/11: The President’s War Room, released in partnership with the BBC, will focus on the 12 hours that followed immediately after the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
The new film is directed by Adam Wishart, a British director known for the Channel 4 documentary about Somali warlords living in the suburbs, Warlords next door? While an immediately less exciting premise than warlords in the suburbs, 9/1
Movies and TV focusing on national tragedies are a dismal business with the promise of offending anyone affected hiding around every corner, but they are not completely unknown area for streaming services. Hulu’s The looming tower, which fictionalized the events leading up to 9/11 and how government agencies confused their responses, received Emmy nominations for some of its cast. Jeff Daniels, nominated for his performance in The menacing tower, will also tell Apple’s new doc.
Of course, Apple also has its own interest in grabbing shiny, affordable documentaries. The last few years Boy state, although unfortunately not Oscar-nominated, was a smash hit at the Sundance Film Festival and won the festival’s grand jury award before Apple picked it up. Two of the company’s document series, Little world and The earth at night in color, has also been nominated for awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.