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Ava DuVernay partners with Netflix for Prince documentary

Ava DuVernay partners with Netflix for Prince documentary


The documentary will chronicle the artist’s entire life

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A Wrinkle in Time and 13th director Ava DuVernay is partnering with Netflix for a feature-length documentary focused on the late musical icon Prince. DuVernay tweeted about the project on Monday night following an announcement from Deadline.

“Prince was a genius, a joy, and a jolt to the senses,” DuVernay tweeted. “He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.”

DuVernay has worked on the project for several months already, and she has the full cooperation of Prince’s estate, according to Variety. The documentary will chronicle Prince’s entire life and career. Prince died on April 21st, 2016, due to an overdose of fentanyl.

This marks the second feature-length documentary DuVernay is making with Netflix. 13th, which focused on the United States’ penal system and race inequalities, was DuVernay’s first feature-length documentary with the streaming service. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2017. DuVernay is also working on a limited series for Netflix about the Central Park Five, which follows the story of five black teenagers who were wrongly convicted of a vicious sex crime.

There’s no estimated release date for the Prince documentary at this time.