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Will Smith’s production company boards Israeli docuseries on Munich massacre

‘Munich 1972,’ a 3-part series on the terrorist killings of Israeli Olympic athletes and coaches, will include archival footage, interviews with key figures and dramatized scenes

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel.

Will Smith poses for photographers upon arrival at the UK Premiere of "King Richard" in London, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Will Smith poses for photographers upon arrival at the UK Premiere of "King Richard" in London, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

A new Israeli documentary series about the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games will be co-produced by Global Screen, a German entertainment company co-owned by actor and media mogul Will Smith.

The TV series, “Munich 72,” is being produced by Israel’s Tadmor Entertainment, and will focus on the events that unfurled on September 5, 1972, at the Munich Olympic village. Palestinian terrorists took members of Israel’s Olympic delegation hostage in an attempt to gain the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. Ultimately, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered by the terrorists.

The series is slated to combine archival footage, interviews with key figures and dramatized scenes of the situation that unfolded in both Germany and Israel before, during and after the massacre.

Israeli actress Anat Waxman is slated to portray then-prime minister Golda Meir, while Nati Ravitz will play then-defense minister Moshe Dayan and Ori Pfeffer will take on the role of then-Mossad chief Uri Zamir.

Real-life Israeli Olympian Sagi Muki — a medal-winning judoka — will also take part, portraying Olympic weightlifter Yossef Romano, who was tortured and murdered by the terrorists.

The series is being directed by Roman Shumunov, who also worked on the award-winning films “Back to Chernobyl” and “Babylon Dreamers.”

A member of the Palestinian terror group which seized members of the Israeli Olympic Team at their quarters at the Munich Olympic Village appears with a hood over his face on the balcony of the village building where the terrorists held several team members hostage, September 5, 1972. (Kurt Strumpf/AP)

“The events of the Munich massacre, in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict erupted onto a global stage, also tell the story of the Jewish and German nations, two nations struggling to leave the events of the Second World War behind them only to be met with another tragedy,” Global Screen said in a statement quoted by Variety.

The three-part series, which is currently being filmed in Israel and Germany, is expected to air in Israel in September 2022, ahead of global distribution.

Shumunov said in a statement that the documentary “will shed new light on the tragic events of the Munich Olympics, which continue to cast a shadow upon us to this day.”

The incident was most famously brought to the screen in the 2005 Steven Spielberg-directed film “Munich,” which focused largely on the Mossad’s secret retaliation plot against the terrorists responsible for the attacks.

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