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Ava DuVernay To Direct Nipsey Hussle Doc For Netflix

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows rapper Nipsey Hussle at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. A Los Angeles judge has ruled that grand jury transcripts in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle will remain sealed, for now. Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry in a hearing Wednesday, June 5, 2019, ordered that the documents will remain sealed for at least three more weeks while defendant Eric Ronald Holder’s lawyer expands her argument that they should be kept secret. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Deadline is reporting that DuVernay makes a return to Netflix to direct a documentary on  Nipsey Hussle.  From Deadline:

Coming off a plethora of dramas like the Emmy-winning When They See Us, the soon-to-launch Cherish the Day and the Rosario Dawson-starring DMZ pilot in production for HBO Max, the Nipsey film is DuVernay’s first return to documentaries since 13th, the criminal justice, race and mass incarceration film four years ago.

Deadline says that DuVernay was personally selected by the estate of Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, and was swayed by the director’s work on 13th and When They See Us. Last month at the Grammy Awards, DuVernay introduced the tribute to Hussle at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The documentary will be a collaboration between DuVernay’s ARRAY production company and Hussle’s Marathon Films. DuVernay is named both as a producer and director.


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