Music icon Kanye West has signed a deal that could be worth as much as $30 million, according to some sources. The Netflix documentary is likely to contain decades worth of never before seen footage of the performer, along with home movies. The revealing documentary is going to give fans and critics alike a peek behind the curtain of West’s life, and may answer questions many have about what makes him who he is.
Kanye’s Netflix Deal
Billboard reported earlier this week that Netflix has landed a documentary that will peak the interest of many – a behind-the-curtain glance into the life of Kanye West. Although the outlet first reported that the deal was worth $30 million, Variety reports that the figure is not entirely accurate.
Per Variety, “The series is said to include never-before-seen footage of West, and will cover his career in music and fashion, his failed 2020 presidential bid, and the death of his mother, Donda West.
The multi-part docuseries, which does not yet have a title, hails from music video producing duo Clarence ‘Coodie’ Simmons and Chike Ozah, better known as Coodie & Chike, who directed and produced West’s 2004 music video ‘Jesus Walks (Version 3)’ and ‘Through the Wire’ The pair have also produced and directed the 2012 ESPN ’30 for 30′ documentary ‘Benji,’ about Benjamin Wilson; music videos for Lupe Fiasco, Erykah Badu and others; and the 2019 documentary on former professional basketball player Stephon Marbury, ‘A Kid From Coney Island.’”
The documentary is likely to be released later this year, although details have till not been released.
Personal Life Drama
West has no shortage of personal drama and struggles to share in the documentary. From his very public battle with bi-polar disorder, to his controversial support of President Donald J Trump, to the death of his mother from plastic surgery performed in the Dominican Republic and his high profile marriage and then divorce to Kim Kardashian, there is plenty to dive into.
West won his first gospel Grammy last month, which marked his 22nd career Grammy. West has been a highly public figure since his music career took off in the late 90’s and early ’00’s, and it’s likely people will be eager to tune in and see more about the performer’s life.
Netflix Has Other Big Deals to Celebrate This Week
Although the Kanye documentary is a big win for Netflix, it’s just one of many huge deals for the streaming company in recent months. The streaming titan has had a strong year, with a number of original titles and documentaries on big names like Michael Jordan, Biggie, Travis Scott, and Ariana Grande.
Just yesterday, Netflix and Sony announced that they were striking a huge licensing deal that allows the streaming network an exclusive window for new titles. Included in this massive deal will be the new Spiderman movies, Venom, Jumani, and Bad Boys. Deadline shares, “The slate will kick off with tentpoles like Morbius, Uncharted, Where the Crawdads Sing and Bullet Train. Two subsequent windows will keep films circulating on Netflix as they reach other platforms across TV and streaming.
In addition to the main film lineup, Netflix will also have a first-look deal for any direct-to-streaming titles Sony is contemplating and has committed to making ‘a number’ of those, per the official release, in reality likely just a couple a year and a minority of the studio’s overall slate.”
The West documentary and Sony deals are welcome for Netflix investors after the company took a massive hit when Disney launched their own streaming platform, pulling a lot of Netflix’s biggest movies out of their lineup.