Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and Tribune reporter Rick Kogan discuss Roger Ebert and the new documentary based on his memoir, "Life Itself." (Posted on: January 23, 2014)

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself.”

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) directed the movie, which premiered at Sundance.

According to Kartemquin Films, Magnolia is eyeing a summer release, followed by an exclusive broadcast on CNN later this year.

Roger Ebert gets the tribute he deserves with ‘Life Itself,’” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Steve James has done a beautiful job capturing Roger’s complexity and energy in a loving but wonderfully clear-eyed portrait.”

“Magnolia is the perfect partner for bringing this film on such a seminal figure in film to the big screen,” said James. “Roger’s story deserves it.”