Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will premiere at 8PM ET on January 7th, HBO announced in a press release this morning.
The announcement comes after the unexpected deaths of both stars this week. Legendary Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday, following a heart attack aboard an airplane on Christmas Day. Her mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, died the next day following a stroke.
Bright Lights debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May to positive reviews, and was originally set to be released on HBO in March 2017.
“it’s a love story about a mother and daughter.”
The documentary is about the unique working relationship the two forged over six decades in Hollywood, and most of the footage was filmed last year, according to Variety. HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins told Variety, “It’s life with Carrie and Debbie. It’s about both of them trying to stand upright, both having their frailties — age on the one hand and mental illness on the other. It’s a love story about a mother and daughter — they happen to be Carrie and Debbie.”
HBO’s 2010 documentary about Fisher’s 2008 one-woman show Wishful Drinking is currently streaming on HBO Go, and it will re-air on HBO on New Year’s Day at 9PM ET.