Netflix can now boast that it has an original series featuring Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, and even more impressive talent, thanks to Five Came Back. Based on Mark Harris’ best-selling book of the same name, the docuseries, which premiered on March 31, tells the story of how Hollywood changed World War II, and how World War II changed Hollywood. The three-part series sheds light on five filmmakers — John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens — who served their country in WWII and then shared their stories with America. And to coincide with the release of the docuseries, Netflix is also streaming some of the documentaries from Five Came Back.
The stories about these legendary directors unfold in the documentary series through interviews with Spielberg, del Toro, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Greengrass, and Lawrence Kasdan, and those still aren't the only notable names involved. Five Came Back is directed by Laurent Bouzereau, written by Harris, narrated by Meryl Streep, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Scott Rudin, and Barry Diller.
That impressive group came together with specific goals in mind, and in a press release from Netflix, Bouzereau said that one was to educate a new generation of viewers about the five directors and their work. So, in conjunction with the release of Five Came Back, Netflix is featuring 13 documentaries from the WWII-era directors so that you can see some of the work described and sampled in Five Came Back for yourself.