Ana DuVernay to direct Prince documentary for Netflix
Filmmaker Ana DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) will direct a documentary about the late musician Prince, according to Deadline. The as-yet-untitled documentary, which began shooting early this year, will be available to stream on Netflix.
“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other,” DuVernay told Deadline. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”
Prince’s estate selected DuVernay specifically to helm the project, though Prince himself had reached out to her about collaborating on a project prior to his death in April of 2016. As part of the project, the director has full access to Prince’s estate, included his vast library of unreleased material.
In addition to the documentary, DuVernay is also working on a limited series Central Park Five, which is based on a true story of the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The episodes will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
She’ll also be bringing a big-screen adaptation of Jack Kirby’s comic The New Gods, which was announced earlier this year. The story will follow the immortal denizens, known as The New Gods, who reside in the cosmos, existing outside the constraints of earthly time and space.
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