A documentary celebrating Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary is in post-production, and the group’s surviving members took part.
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones have decided now was a good time to contribute in the making of a film dedicated to telling the story of the band’s growth and success from the group joining in 1968 all the way to 1970.
The bassist, John Paul Jones, announced the project saying, “The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring that story to life.”
With the group’s participation in this documentary, it makes it the first ever to feature the infamous hard rock group’s input. The film will also include never before seen film and photographs, rare interviews with John Bonham, who is the late drummer of the group, and interviews with other artists and audio transfers of Led Zeppelin’s music.
According to Rolling Stone, the as-of-now-untitled film is directed by British filmmaker Bernard MacMahon, who made his debut with American Epic in 2017; American Epic is a four-part documentary exploring roots music across the nation, including blues, folk, and Native American songwriting.
The director has the group’s blessing—Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin guitarist, said, “When I saw everything Bernard had done visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.”
Jimmy Page isn’t the only one who approves; frontman Robert Plant chimed in, saying, “Seeing Will Shade, and so many other important early American musicians, brought to life on the big screen in American Epic inspired me to contribute to a very interesting and exciting story.”
This film is solely based on new interviews with the three living band members; it is extremely important to this project that there is no “outside voices or conjecture.”
The release date has not been announced yet, but is expected to be revealed soon.