NETFLIX IS PRODUCING A DOCUMENTARY ON PRINCE, TWO SOURCES HAVE CONFIRMED TO VARIETY.
The project has the full cooperation of the late artist’s estate, which is providing interviews, archival footage, photos and archive access. The multiple-part documentary will cover the artist’s entire life.
“PRINCE WAS A GENIUS AND A JOY AND A JOLT TO THE SENSES,” PRODUCER/DIRECTOR AVA DUVERNAY TOLD DEADLINE.
“The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honoured to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”
— billboard (@billboard) October 30, 2018
THE OSCAR-NOMINATED FILMMAKER HAS BEEN AT WORK ON THE PROJECT FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.
A source also told Variety that a documentary about Prince and the Revolution’s legendary concert at Minneapolis’ First Avenue in August 1983 has landed at Apple Music.
Ava Duvernay Working on Prince Documentary for Netflix https://t.co/FrO5jT4qVo
— Variety (@Variety) October 30, 2018
Video and audio recordings from the concert and its rehearsals have been circulating on bootleg for many years, and feature a longer take of Purple Rain with an additional, seemingly ad-libbed verse that was dropped from the official version.
Reps for the Prince Estate, Apple Music and Netflix did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for comment.