Global streaming platform Netflix has acquired a documentary about the legendary music producer, Quincy Jones.
Directed by Jones’s daughter, actor Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks, Quincy will serve as an intimate portrait of the entertainment icon and provides unprecedented access into Quincy Jones’ legendary life. Weaving personal vérité moments with private archival footage, the doc presents the story of Jones, a force in music and pop culture for 70 years, transcending racial and cultural boundaries.
Beyond his own musical acclaim, Jones discovered some of the biggest talents of the past half of the century. He mentored and cultivated the careers of young talents, from 60s pop star Lesley Gore to the legendary Michael Jackson. The music mogul was also named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century.
His portfolio of accomplishments also includes seven Oscar nominations and the film academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Jones garnered an Emmy Award for his score of the opening episode of the 1977 television miniseries, Roots, and in 2016 he received a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for The Color Purple.
The film is produced by Paula DuPré Pesmen and executive produced by Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and Adam Fell from Quincy Jones Productions.
Quincy will launch globally on Netflix on Sept. 21 and have a limited theatrical release.
“It’s rare that somebody who has lived as much life as my dad is still interested in growing and knowing the next generation,” Rashida Jones in a statement. “He is such a man of action and accomplishments, but we were so lucky to spend real time with him, to let him reflect on life and the larger picture. I feel honored to be able to share that with audiences all over the world.”
“It’s a rare opportunity to be able to present the definitive story of someone who has for over seven decades, not just influenced, but altered the course of culture. Combining his God-given creative gift with a near maniacal work ethic, Quincy Jones has done just that, marshalling every expression of the arts to their full potency resulting in everything from Thriller to The Color Purple,” added Lisa Nishimura, VP of original documentaries for Netflix. “Told through the rare and intimate lens of directors Alan Hicks and Quincy’s daughter Rashida Jones, Quincy provides a fresh and unexpected journey into this legendary life, still in the making.”