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Movie news from Ava DuVernay and Beyonce below…
Ava DuVernays gripping documentary ’13th’ is on its way to becoming one of Netflix’s highest-viewed projects following its release on October 7th 2016.
Why millions are flocking to the platform to watch it?
Its exploration into how the U.S. legal system found a way to enslave Africans after the horrific trade was abolished and, much to the surprise of its viewers, the ways in which said system earns money when it imprisons men of colour.
Elsewhere, it seems Lifetime may be preparing to release its very own Beyonce biopic.
After offering fans their interpretation of Aaliyah‘s life and announcing it was do the same for Britney Spears, the company has learned of a report which claims to have scored the scoop on its plans to set its sights on the entertainer.
Lifetime have enjoyed huge hits with their biopics especially on pop culture – and they think Beyonce has the potential to be another one. No-one has yet managed to create a drama about Beyonce’s astonishing rise from a dreamer in Houston to one of the greatest artists of all time, through family sacrifices, group fights and her rollercoaster love life with Jay Z…and Lifetime feel they should be first.”
But their difficulty is getting an actress, who can sing and dance like Bey, to look, sound and act the part. They want the leading star to be as convincing as possible rather than getting hate from her fans.
“It is a delicate position for the network. If they make the film a critical acclaimed drama then they can score huge ratings and achieve global sales too. But if it they don’t, then that will be a PR disaster.
Lifetime is yet to deny this.