Ever since breaking out in a big way thanks to her film “Selma,” Ava DuVernay has steadily been making films and TV series, lining up project after project. This year, she released the Emmy-nominated Netflix limited series “When They See Us,” and she’s reportedly deep into development on her upcoming big-screen superhero debut, with the Warner Bros./DC film “New Gods.”
Unfortunately, one of the projects she has removed from her slate is the already-announced Prince documentary that she was supposed to direct for Netflix. DuVernay cited those dreaded “creative differences” as the reason for her departure when she recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times.
“It just didn’t work out,” DuVeray revealed. “There’s a lot of beautiful material there. I wish them well.”
Many fans of Prince and DuVernay were excited by the prospect of the director working on the documentary. The filmmaker has already proven her documentary mettle thanks to an Oscar nomination for her 2016 film “13th.” And with the Prince doc, DuVernay was said to be able to scour the musician’s legendary vault, filled with all of his projects that he created but never released.
At the time of the film’s announcement, it was revealed that Prince’s estate hand-picked DuVernay to helm the documentary, as the late musician was a big fan of the director. No word on who might replace the filmmaker, and we can’t help but be bummed that DuVernay won’t tackle the project.
As mentioned, DuVernay is keeping busy with “New Gods” and has revealed that she has plenty of TV projects in various stages of development, thanks to her deal with Warner Bros. TV. Perhaps, she’ll have some projects show up on the recently announced HBO Max? We shall see.