HBO Max has ordered a two-part documentary about late actor Brittany Murphy (pictured) from Blumhouse Television and Pyramid Productions. The commission is the first for Blumhouse Television with the WarnerMedia streamer.
The documentary, to be directed by Emmy-nominated Cynthia Hill, will offer an in-depth, intimate character portrait exploring the life and career and mysterious circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Murphy, who made her mark in such films as Clueless in the 1990s. The series will feature new interviews with those closest to the star and newly unearthed archival footage, aiming to push beyond the conspiracy theories and tabloid claims.
“Our Brittany Murphy documentary cuts through the tabloid noise with an elevated, nuanced depiction of a sensational story,” Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president, non-fiction and live-action family programming, HBO Max said in a statement.
“Crafting a grounded account of Brittany Murphy’s life struggles and sudden passing comes with great responsibility and we’ve partnered with a masterful creative team to produce a thoughtful examination of a tragedy that has long been cause for speculation.”
“Brittany Murphy was a rising star whose filmography includes movies that defined a generation. We thought her story warrants a deeper exploration, and examination into the environment that allowed her to become a victim of success,” Mary Lisio, executive vice president, alternative and non-scripted programming, Blumhouse Television added. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max, and to collaborate with a director like Cynthia Hill who takes a nuanced approach to complex stories about women and contemporary issues.”
The as yet untitled Brittany Murphy project is executive produced by Emmy-winner Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold, Mary Lisio for Blumhouse and James Buddy Day (The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell). The docuseries is produced by Blumhouse Television (The Jinx, Sharp Objects) and Pyramid Productions (Fall River produced with Blumhouse Television).
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