United States— Netflix has bought a documentary series spanning two decades of Kanye West’s life for $30 million, according to reports.
This follows an announcement that a multi-part documentary featuring never-before-seen home videos and other rare footage of the West is coming to Netflix in 2021.
According to sources, the movie and TV series-based streaming service received the untitled project from Time Studios as well as Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah—also referred to as Coodie & Chike—the directors of Yeezy’s “Through the Wire” video and the third version of the rapper’s “Jesus Walks” visual.
Another source detailed, claiming that Clarence started filming Kanye in Chicago in the 90s,” and their relationship will serve as the backbone of the documentary series, which will tell the story of the rapper and producer’s rise to success and fame’s impact on him as well hip-hop’s impact on popular culture and the world’s evolving relationship with celebrity.”
The docuseries will reportedly charter West’s ascension to the top of the charts, his relationship with his mother, Donda West, his reaction to her death.
The series will cover his failed 2020 presidential run as well as the impact of fame on him — and his fame on the world. It is unclear if it will delve into West’s ongoing divorce from Kim Kardashian or keep its focus on his early life and career.
West is not creatively involved in the production, another source says he essentially has given his support by allowing himself to be filmed by Coodie & Chike for the past 21 years.
It’s reported that the project will debut sometime in 2022 on the streaming service.