Featuring never-before-seen footage and home videos spanning across two decades, a forthcoming documentary on Kanye West is arriving to the small screen. According to Billboard, Netflix has purchased the streaming rights for a huge USD $30 million and is said to cover West’s 20-year-long career across music, design, the death of his mother Donda West, and his failed campaign for US President.
While the documentary is reportedly yet to have a title, it will include several episodes and be released later this year (the streaming service has declined to comment at this time). The highly-anticipated project will be produced by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, the duo behind West’s 2004 music videos, “Jesus Walks (Version 3)” and “Through the Wire.”
We can expect nothing short of explosive revelations and heart-wrenching moments to we learn more about the eccentric entrepreneur and creative. Especially as it comes off the back of his very public divorce from Kim Kardashian.
While it is widely known the rapper suffers from mental health issues, it was only apparent to the public during his run for President in 2020. At a campaign rally in North Charleston last July, West went on a long and problematic rant whereby he admitted he considered aborting his first daughter, North, before speaking on Black slavery and religion.
According to reports, the breakdown in West’s mental health amid the months following the event prompted Kardashian to leave the marriage of seven years. After months of rumours, Kardashian officially filed for divorce in February 2021.
Streaming has provided huge opportunity for celebrities to voice their side of the often press-led story. It follows recent projects from the likes of Demi Lovato, Paris Hilton, Audrey Hepburn and even Victoria’s Secret of which have sold the rights to a range of streaming giants.
Not much else is known at this point on the forthcoming documentary. Stay tuned for further developments.