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Ava DuVernay Directing Prince Documentary for Netflix

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has tackled everything from the March on Selma to the American prison system, and she will soon focus her lens on the life of music icon Prince.

In a recent interview with Deadline, the director shared her excitement about taking on the monumental figure, saying, “Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other.”

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl in April 2016 at the age of 57.

“He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music,” DuVernay continued. “The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care.”

Family of the icon must have sensed the filmmaker’s sincerity; they’ve granted her access to his full catalog of recordings and unreleased music, for which she expressed her gratitude:

Prince performs on stage at Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 6th July 1992. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

“I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

Like her documentary 13th, the film will be shot for Netflix.

Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.