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Ava DuVernay set to direct Prince doc at Netflix

Netflix has confirmed to realscreen that Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay is directing a documentary about the late legendary pop star Prince for the streaming giant. DuVernay previously directed the Netflix original doc 13th, ...
October 30, 2018

Netflix has confirmed to realscreen that Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay is directing a documentary about the late legendary pop star Prince for the streaming giant.

DuVernay previously directed the Netflix original doc 13th, about racial inequality in the American prison system. Her first feature documentary as director, This Is the Life, was also a music doc, about the Los Angeles hip-hop collective The Good Life.

The as-yet untitled Prince documentary will join other Netflix music docs including What Happened, Miss Simone?, Gaga: Two Foot Five, Keith Richards: Under the Influence, Rapture and Quincy.

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

Prince, 57, was found dead at his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis on April 21, 2016, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. Law enforcement officials found the singer unresponsive in an elevator where he was pronounced dead after failed attempts to revive him through CPR. The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

The artist, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and had released four albums in the last 18 months of his life, including Art Official AgePlectrumelectrumHITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two.

(Image courtesy of AvaDuVernay.com)

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