According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant paid $25 million for the untitled project, which was initially announced back in 2016. During a 2017 interview with the publication, Peter Berg, who worked with Rihanna on the 2012 sci-fi action film Battleship, shed some light on the documentary noting that he has thousands of hours of footage to work with.
“We’ve got about a thousand hours of footage,” Peter Berg said. “That was a fun change of pace … to go travel with Rihanna around Europe, and Rihanna is surrounded by girls. We were in Nice [France]. She was going to do a concert on Bastille Day. And that truck driver who killed all those people plowed through them right in front of our hotel. So even in me trying to do something light, I had a very, very front-row seat to something that horrific.”
The documentary is said to provide an “unfiltered look” into the “Needed Me” singer’s life, exploring her business and humanitarian efforts, as well as her evolution into a pop culture icon. During an interview with Deadline, the director revealed that the documentary wouldn’t be a “music film”, but more of a “character study.”
Peter Berg’s Film 45 company, who is producing the project, provided the following description for the Rihanna documentary, revealing that every aspect of Rihanna’s life at the time of filming will be included—including her private life, which until now has been kept relatively low key by the star.
Peter Berg’s bold and innovative Rihanna is an unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life, providing a glimpse into the evolution of one of the world’s most well-known pop artists. With unparalleled access into the singer’s life and over 1200 hours of footage, the doc takes us on a journey through private insights into Rihanna’s personality and humor, philosophies on work, family and love that are both moving and inspirational.
Although the long-awaited film has found a streaming home, it is still unclear when the documentary will actually be released. As of press time, the release date was still listed as “TBD”.
We will keep you updated as this story develops.
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