The Oscar nominated director Ava DuVernay has been tapped to bring a feature-length documentary on late rapper, entrepreneur and community activist Nipsey Hussle.
Ava DuVernay to direct Netflix’s newly acquired film about Nipsey Hussle’s life.
According to Deadline reports, Nipsey’s estate reached out to DuVernay directly for the documentary based on their love of her work. The streaming giant picked up a feature-length documentary on Nipsey Hussle’s life, produced and directed by Ava DuVernay, after a bidding war with other networks that reportedly include Apple and Amazon. The film is said to have commanded in the high eight figures and will be put out by DuVernay’s ARRAY, a media and arts collective, and Hussle’s Marathon Films.
Specific details regarding the project, including its format and release date, are yet to be announced, however, it has been confirmed that DuVernay will serve as both producer and director.
In a message posted to Nipsey Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store, representatives from Hussle’s family noted that “no deal has been inked” and they are “currently in negotiations with Netflix for this project.”