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Netflix buys Kanye West docuseries 21 years in the making for $30M

This doc has been in the works since earlier than the delivery of Yeezy.

Netflix has reportedly shelled out $30 million for a decades-in-the-making documentary about Kanye West, Billboard first reported Tuesday. 

The still-untitled challenge is the work of Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah — also called Coodie & Chike — who labored with West, 43, early in his profession. The pair directed two of West’s first music movies, “By the Wire” and the third model of “Jesus Walks.”

The 2 have been documenting the billionaire rapper’s life for over 20 years, and it has really paid off: A supply advised Billboard that the streaming big acquired their challenge from Time Studios for over $30 million. One other insider, nonetheless, knowledgeable Selection that this “just isn’t an correct determine,” though the publication supplied no additional remark concerning if the determine was too excessive or low.

The 21-year documentary can be offered as a multipart sequence and is ready to develop into obtainable on Netflix later this yr, in accordance with Billboard. The docuseries — which can be produced by the duo’s Inventive Management firm, an Emmy-winning subsidiary of Time — will constitution West’s ascension to the high of the charts, his relationship together with his mom, Donda West, his response to her loss of life, unseen residence video footage and clips of him in Chicago in the 1990s. The sequence will cowl his failed 2020 presidential run in addition to the impression of fame on him — and his fame on the world. It’s unclear if it should delve into West’s ongoing divorce from Kim Kardashian or hold its give attention to his formative years and profession. 

Kanye West performs onstage at the Power 106 Powerhouse show at Honda Center on June 3, 2016 in Anaheim, California.
Kanye West performs onstage at the Energy 106 Powerhouse present at the Honda Heart in Anaheim, California, on June 3, 2016.

West won’t be concerned in the manufacturing, one other supply advised Billboard, however he has given Coodie & Chike his implied consent for them to maneuver ahead with the challenge by means of granting them entry to his life for the previous 21 years. 

Netflix didn’t reply to The Submit’s request for remark.

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