Still, if you’re a Prince fan who wants something a bit meatier, something a bit more about the music and the man, then there’s something for you too. Because you can look forward to the upcoming multi-part Netflix documentary about Prince’s life, which is being directed by Ava DuVernay, who made Selma and A Wrinkle in Time. The project was announced in October and will likely be out some time next year.
According to Deadline not only did Prince’s estate want DuVernay to make the doc, but Prince himself had contacted DuVernay before his death in 2016, to talk about a collaboration. Deadline also say that the director has been given full access to the Prince archives, which includes his recordings and the musician’s unreleased music.
So that’s certainly something for fans to get hyped about, the prospect of hearing more unheard tracks, and perhaps seeing more of Prince’s house, Paisley Park, which DuVernay and her team have been visiting.
Speaking about the project, DuVernay told Deadline, “Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. 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.”
Below is the music video for Prince's "Mary Don't You Weep", which was released on the musician's posthumous album Piano & A Microphone 1983, which featured material from Prince's archive The Vault.