Civil rights icon John Lewis will become the latest political figure to get the film treatment when CNN wraps production on a documentary following the lawmaker from the 2018 midterm election through 2019.The film, which is currently untitled, will feature present-day interviews with the Georgia Democrat and explore his childhood and more than 60-year career in public service and social activism, which was inspired by a 1957 meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The documentary will also include interviews with Lewis’ family, political leaders and congressional colleagues, according to CNN Films.The Lewis film comes on the heels of several CNN-produced political documentaries and miniseries, including ones on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Richard Nixon and the Bush political dynasty. Meanwhile, Netflix just released a 2018 campaign documentary that heavily features New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, is the subject of a comic book series from Devils Due comics. (Lewis got his own comic book series a few years back.)
The Georgia Democrat started as a civil rights activist in the 1960s by helping to form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The group included many figures who would go on to prominence, including Stokely Carmichael, James Forman, Julian Bond, late D.C. mayor Marion Barry and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.