Netflix Has Picked Up Ava DuVernay’s Nipsey Hussle Documentary

The feature, a collab between Ava DuVernay and Nipsey Hussle’s production companies, inspired a major bidding war

Ava DuVernay is taking on the job of sharing Nipsey Hussle’s personal story–and she’ll be returning to Netflix to do so, the same platform where she released her last documentary, 13th. According to Deadline, Netflix paid in the “high eight figures” for rights to distribute the project, following a heated bidding war.

The film will be a co-production of DuVernay’s company ARRAY and Roc Nation, presented by Hussle’s Marathon Films. Hussle’s children, Emani and Kross Asghedom, will be listed as producers. DuVernay has signed on to personally direct the feature-length documentary, in addition to producing.

It was Hussle’s estate that reportedly reached out to DuVernay directly to gauge her interest in taking on the project. She was also tapped to introduce the tribute to Hussle that played during last month’s Grammy Awards.

A release date hasn’t been floated just yet, but in a statement on Instagram, the Marathon brand made clear the production was not going to be rushed. “This documentary is very important to the family and will not be fast-tracked by monetary gain and/or commercial interest,” the post reads.

DuVernay had been signed on to direct a biographical documentary about the life of Prince, also for Netflix, but exited the project in mid-2019 over creative differences.

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