A few days ago, Apple TV+ reached a deal in the eight-figure mark for a documentary of the 2019 sensation, Billie Eilish.
The other streamers couldn’t be left behind. Amazon Prime Video struck a deal to secure the rights of a document about Rihanna, directed by Peter Berg, which is said to be $25 million, the same reported number Apple TV+ paid for Eilish’s.
Berg started working on the documentaries a few years ago and is said to be “An unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life, providing a glimpse into the evolution of one of the world’s most well-known pop artists. With unparalleled access into the singer’s life and more than 1,200 hours of footage, the doc offers private insights into Rihanna’s personality, sense of humor, work ethic, family and love.”
Rihanna worked with Berg a few years ago in the failed blockbuster ‘Battleship.’
About the documentary, Berg said to THR, “That was a fun change of pace…to go travel with Rihanna around Europe, and Rihanna is surrounded by girls. We were in Nice [France]. She was going to do a concert on Bastille Day. And that truck driver who killed all those people plowed through them right in front of our hotel. So even in me trying to do something light, I had a very, very front-row seat to something that horrific.”
The yet-untitled documentary was shopped to various streaming services. The producers showed some footage of it in Cannes and started negotiating with Amazon to reach a deal.
Here’s hoping the doc reaches the streaming service as soon as possible.