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The upcoming project will be helmed by Ava DuVernay, who directed the films Selma and 13th – both of which were nominated for Oscars.
Variety reports that the filmmaker has already been working on the series for several months. It is set to cover the ‘Kiss’ star’s entire life and has been greenlit by his estate, who have granted their full cooperation.
Video footage, images and interviews will be included, with DuVernay gaining access to the late icon’s extensive archive.
Following news of the project breaking, the director tweeted: “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.
“The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care.”
“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. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.” https://t.co/fNsISCwtzg
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 30, 2018
DuVernay added that she is “honoured” and “grateful” to be involved in the film’s production. No release date has been announced yet.
The documentary series follows Channel 4’s Prince: Last Year of a Legend. The one-off film featured interviews with Prince’s friends, as well as musicians including Cee Lo Green, George Clinton, and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Meanwhile, Prince’s estate have reportedly issued a cease and desist order to President Donald Trump and The White House. The order is attempting to prevent Trump from using the classic track ‘Purple Rain’ at rallies.
Back in September, a live Prince album titled ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’ was released. The LP features the musician’s solo home rehearsals. Ahead of its release, the previously unheard demo ’17 Days’ was unveiled.