Words: Dylan Murphy
The new docuseries has been 21 years in the making and was reportedly sold to Netflix for $30 million dollars.
Last night, Billboard reported that Netlflix had clinched a deal to host a new docuseries on the life of Kanye West. Featuring never seen before footage and home videos, Billboard notes that it cost the streaming giants $30 million. However, Variety have countered that stating a person close to the deal says it is not an accurate figure.
Nevertheless, the documentary which is yet to be named will cover the ups and downs of the award-winning artist’s career in and out of music including his failed presidential bid and the loss of his mother, Donda West.
Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah AKA Coodie & Chike directed and produced Kanye’s video for ‘Jesus Walks (Version 3′ and his breakthrough hit ‘Through The Wire’ are behind the series. The pair have also produced and directed the 2012 ESPN “30 for 30” documentary “Benji” and worked on music videos for Lupe Fiasco and Erykah Badu.
According to Billboard, the Netflix project is expected to be released this year, however as of yet a spokesperson for Netflix is yet to comment.
It comes after Kanye shared a trailer for a Kids See Ghosts TV show with Kid Cudi last year and a 2021 GRAMMY win for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
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