D.A. Pennebaker, the famed documentary filmmaker, has begun work on a movie about Elaine Stritch. Nothing official has been announced, but Pennebaker and his crew have been busying themselves shooting footage of the actress around New York City. Stritch just completed the Broadway run of her one-woman, autobiographical play with music, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, for which she won her first Tony Award. The production, which began Off Broadway last fall, has earned Stritch more press than did the first 50 years of her career. Newspapers, magazines, radio and television have devoted a great deal of time and space to the story of her success. Pennebaker's interest represents the first possibility of a movie about the legend.
Pennebaker began his career in the '60s with a series of well-received documentaries on rock figures, including "Boy Dylan—Don't Look Back," "Jerry Lee Lewis—The Story of Rock 'n' Roll," and "Monterey Pop." His recent works include "The War Room," about Bill Clinton's successful 1992 campaign for the presidency; "Startup.com," about the doc.com crash; and "Moon Over Broadway," about the theatrical journey of Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo.