Ava DuVernay is reportedly signed to direct a documentary about the life of the musical legend Prince for Netflix.
“He was like no other. He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”
The director of A Wrinkle in Time, Selma and 13th has earned critical acclaim for her films and this latest project will examine the life of the star and Prince even gave DuVernay his blessing of sorts before he died. According to Deadline before he died, Prince reached out to DuVernay to collaborate on a project.
DuVernay is quite the Hollywood heavy hitter.
The award-winning writer and director is now standing tall among her peers as the first Black woman director to have a film gross $100M at the box office with the success of A Wrinkle in Time.
And while she clearly has a magic touch for big box office bets, her heart is in the work she does to amplify voices of color both in front of and behind the camera.
DuVernay’s production company, Array, works to finance and distribute independent movies created by women and people of color.
She’s reportedly working on a comedy series based on Colin Kaepernick during his high school years, and we can’t wait to see it.
New Gods is based on a DC Comics series of the same name. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the first issue of 1971’s New Gods open with a bold statement, “There came a time when the old Gods died!”
Ava DuVernay is also bringing a limited series about the Central Park Five to Netflix, according to Variety.
The five-part series, chronicling the story of a group of teens falsely convicted of raping a Central Park jogger, will be written and directed by DuVernay and is set to debut in 2019.