Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter Tuesday to confirm reports that she will direct a multi-part documentary on the late Prince for Netflix. “Prince was a genius, a joy and a jolt to the senses, ” she tweeted.
With the support of the late musician’s estate, the A Wrinkle in Time director said the documentary will be made with extensive use of Prince’s archived recordings and other unreleased material that span the artist’s life.
According to Deadline, prior to his 2016 death, Prince had previously reached out to DuVernay about working together. She has reportedly visited Prince’s Paisley Park estate several times in preparation for the as yet untitled film.
“Prince was a genius, a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.” https://t.co/fNsISCwtzg
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 30, 2018
DuVernay is no stranger to documentaries. In 2016, she directed the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning 13th, which explored the idea of mass incarceration as modern-day slavery of African Americans. She is currently filming the Netflix miniseries Central Park Five.