He's one of the most enigmatic artists of our time, yet there's been a shortage of films and documentaries exploring the life of Kanye West. Well, Netflix is about to rectify that with a docuseries on the rapper and designer spanning over two decades of footage and home videos.
According to Billboard, sources familiar with the project claim Netflix acquired the yet-to-be-titled project for upwards of $30 million. The multi-part series has been more than 20 years in the making and will be brought to life by two filmmakers and Kanye collaborators: Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah aka Coodie & Chike. The pair have been chronicling the artist-turned-billionaire's life and work since the early 2000s and directed two of West's first music videos "Through the Wire" and "Jesus Walks."
The documentary will cover everything from Ye's beginnings, his career in music and fashion, his failed 2020 presidential bid, and the death of his mother, Donda West. Kanye himself is not said to have creative control in the docuseries but he has allowed Coodie & Chike to film over the course of 21 years. Coodie & Chike’s production company Creative Control is producing alongside TIME Studios. The Netflix project is expected to be released this year.
Recently, Netflix has been raising the bar for riveting documentaries, with compelling and bingeable projects chronicling the likes of Michael Jordan, Biggie, Travis Scott, and Ariana Grande. And a docuseries on the formidable Mr. West could just up the ante.