Amazon’s MGM has acquired the rights to a documentary titled “I Am: Celine Dion,” which will be available for streaming on Prime Video in the future. Unlike a comprehensive overview of Celine Dion’s life, this documentary focuses on a crucial period in her career. It covers approximately one year and tells the story of Dion’s battle with Stiff Person Syndrome, a rare neurological condition affecting the brain and spinal cord. This illness had a significant impact on her ability to perform and disrupted her life.
Celine Dion only disclosed her diagnosis in December 2022 when she postponed her world tour due to spasms affecting her mobility and singing. She shared on Instagram, “Unfortunately, the spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.” Dion hopes that this documentary will raise awareness about this little-known condition.
In her statement, Dion expressed her desire to document this challenging period in her life to help others facing the same diagnosis. She emphasized that despite the difficulties, she doesn’t want the condition to define her. Celine Dion, a pop music legend, achieved fame as a teenager and has sold over 250 million albums during her career, with hits like “My Heart Will Go On,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Because You Loved Me,” and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.”
Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios, praised Celine Dion’s dedication to her fans and described the documentary as a candid portrayal of a crucial moment in her personal and professional journey, shedding light on how she confronted an unimaginable diagnosis.
The documentary “I Am: Celine Dion” was directed by Irene Taylor, known for her work on various projects, including “Trees and Other Entanglements,” “Leave No Trace: A Hidden History of the Boy Scouts,” and the award-winning “Hear and Now.”
The production of the documentary involved Sony Music Vision, Sony Music Entertainment Canada, and Vermilion Films. Irene Taylor served as the producer alongside Stacy Lorts, Julie Begey Seureau for Vermilion Films, and Tom Mackay for Sony Music Vision.
Executive producers included Dave Platel and Denis Savage for Les Productions Feeling, Shane Carter for Sony Music Entertainment Canada, and Krista Wegener for Sony Music Vision. The sale was arranged by Sony Music Vision. Source