About two years ago, Ava Duvernay directed the film that opened the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, now she’s gunning for another history-making directorial position as the helmsman for the forthcoming Prince documentary for Netflix.
“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” the Oscar nominated filmmaker told Deadline tonight of the Purple Rain star who died on April 21, 2016.“He was like no other,” DuVernay added of the Oscar winner and eight-time Grammy recipient. “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.”
Not only did she get the green light from his estate, before his passing, Prince reached out to the 13th and Selma director about working together. The Purple Rain singer’s estate granted the ARRAY founder full access to archive recordings and unreleased material as apart of development for the film.
Ava Duvernay and the editor, Spencer Averick and other members of the production team already visited Prince’s Paisley Park home and studios repeatedly over the past several months.
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