Ken Burns, Mukherjee collaborate on project

NEW YORK- Two prominent television figures whose lives were significantly altered by the cancer deaths of loved ones are helping turn a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the history of the disease into a six-hour documentary.

Filmmaker Ken Burns announced Tuesday that he’s collaborating with Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” for a film based on the book. The documentary, spread over three nights, is scheduled to air on PBS in spring 2015.

They’re collaborating with Stand Up to Cancer, an advocacy group co-founded by Katie Couric, to prepare an educational outreach program to go with the documentary. Stand Up to Cancer obtained film rights to Mukherjee’s book two years ago and agreed Burns was the best filmmaker to make the subject come alive, Couric said.