Ava DuVernay continues to build an impressive filmography that flows between documentaries and narrative films. Her breakout to mainstream filmmaking came with “Selma” in 2014, earning a Best Picture nomination and a Best Original song win. She then followed up that film with “13th” a brilliant documentary that was among the best of the year. The director has used her strong position in Hollywood to tell diverse and varying stories. Now, she will reteam with Netflix, who released “13th,” to bring a documentary about the legendary Prince to the streaming service.
According to Deadline, DuVernay will take on the legendary musician with the blessing of his estate. Apparently, Prince himself seemed interested in working with DuVernay on a project, making her involvement more than just paying lip service. With the go-ahead, the director will get access to all of the material in Prince’s archives, including dozens of unreleased songs and never-before-seen images.
The legendary artist, born Prince Nelson Rodgers, passed away in April of 2016 at the age of 57. Prince had left a mark in almost every form of the arts. He won 7 Grammys, an Oscar, and countless more awards. His iconic film, “Purple Rain” became a sensation and spawned a massively popular album and musical. He also created the soundtrack to “Batman” from 1989, an extremely fun album to accompany one of the biggest comic book movies ever.
DuVernay has a lot on her plate as she works on the Prince documentary. She continues to work on “The Central Park Five,” a four-part limited series for Netflix. DuVernary will also take on “The New Gods” for DC Comics in the coming years. While her attention may be split among the different projects, DuVernay has earned the benefit of the doubt at this point.