Apple TV+ said to have Sidney Poitier documentary in the works with Oprah

Oprah Winfrey at Apple's March event
Oprah Winfrey at Apple's March event (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ is reportedly working on a documentary about the late Sidney Poitier.
  • Oprah Winfrey will executive produce the documentary.
  • Poitier's family is said to be involved in the project that has been running for more than a year already.

Streamer Apple TV+ is said to already have a documentary about the late Sidney Poitier in the works, with Oprah Winfrey set to executive produce. The documentary was reportedly already in progress before the actor's death.

Poitier died last week at the age of 94, but the documentary is reported by Deadline as having been in development for more than a year. It's also said that the untitled documentary already has the participation of Poitier's family.

Following the passing of the Hollywood Icon Sidney Poitier on Friday, Deadline has confirmed that Apple is in the middle of filming a documentary on the Oscar-winning actor with Oprah Winfrey exec producing and Reginald Hudlin directing. Winfrey will produce through her Harpo Productions and Network Entertainment.

It isn't yet clear what form the documentary will take but it's expected to tell the story of the actor who was the first Black man to win an Academy Award for best actor for 1963's Lilies of the Field.

No timescale is yet known for when the documentary will be ready, although you can expect that an Apple TV+ subscription will be needed in order to watch it. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month but is also available as part of the Apple One subscription bundle as well.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.