John Milius documentary to tell “the true story of the greatest filmmaker you never knew”

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford and more discuss the life and work of Conan the Barbarian's director in a new film

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A new documentary about John Milius, the writer and filmmaker behind the likes of Dirty Harry, Apocalypse Now and Conan the Barbarian, will premiere in the States later this month at the South by South West festival in Austin, Texas.

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Made by debut directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, the film will explore the life and work of the maverick Hollywood veteran.

Born in 1944, Milius was a troublesome young man who turned his hand to writing after he was refused entry to the US marine corps because of his chronic asthma. He was able to sell his early screenplays for record amounts and forged a Hollywood career alongside his contemporaries George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola (all of whom appear in the new documentary).

But his volatile personality and penchant for guns and machismo made Milius something of an outsider in Hollywood as time went on. A self-described right-wing extremist and “zen anarchist”, Milius was reportedly the inspiration for the hot-tempered Walter Sobchak in the Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski.

Featuring interviews with such Hollywood luminaries as Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood, Milius promises to be a unique and comprehensive look at the life of a truly one-of-a-kind storyteller.

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Watch the trailer for Milius below: