Following a bidding war with various streamers including Apple and Amazon, Netflix has successfully acquired the upcoming Nipsey Hussle documentary from Academy Award Nominee Ava DuVernay (“13th”), as per The Hollywood Reporter. Apple was rumored to be the frontrunners, however, Netflix will instead work with Duvernay again in a deal believed to be in the teen millions.
DuVernay is currently working on the project that focuses on Grammy Award-winning rapper Hussle, who was fatally shot in Los Angeles last year at the age of just 33. He won two posthumous Grammy Awards this year after DuVernay paid tribute to him at the ceremony. Hussle was also a keen activist, who had spent many of his last months focused on campaigning against gang violence in the Los Angeles area.
This project will not be Duvernay’s first documentary that she’s worked on. In 2017 she directed “13th” for Netflix, which was nominated for Best Documentary at the 89th Academy Awards but lost to “O.J.: Made in America.” Given the critical acclaim of “13th,” which focused on the injustice of mass incarceration of Latinos and African Americans, this Hussle documentary will be expected to be equally as powerful.
DuVernay is coming off of the highly successful miniseries “When They See Us” which she created for Netflix. Based on the events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case, the four-episode long drama was nominated for numerous accolades, including Outstanding Limited Series at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. Jharrel Jerome (“Moonlight”) won Best Actor in a Limited Series for his performance in DuVernay’s emotional series. Other works from DuVernay include the Academy Award winning film “Selma” and the 2018 Disney fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time.”
Netflix meanwhile, is coming off the back of Documentary success at the recent Academy Awards. “American Factory” took home the prize for Best Documentary which was distributed by the streaming giants.
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