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Thread started 08/21/19 7:04am

Romar71

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Ava Duvernay no longer on the Netflix Prince documentary series.

I looked to see if anyone posted this already, and didn't see anything. No reason is given for her departure, other than the usual "creative differences".

"“I like to surprise,” DuVernay says, avoiding specifics. She does note she’s no longer working on Netflix’s multipart Prince documentary, saying she had “creative differences” with the company after working for a year on the project. “It just didn’t work out,” she says. “There’s a lot of beautiful material there. I wish them well.”"

Full article here:

https://www.latimes.com/e...five-emmys

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Reply #1 posted 08/21/19 7:40am

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Wait, this article is two days old and only now someone noticed this? Back then the news of her doing this doc was all over the place.

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Reply #2 posted 08/21/19 8:18am

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This is devastating news to me. I trusted Ava’s creative insight more than whoever disagrees with her. This tells me that the powers that be have no clue.
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Reply #3 posted 08/21/19 8:29am

blacknote

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Chaos & Confusion

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Reply #4 posted 08/21/19 8:45am

rdhull

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Thank god.
c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #5 posted 08/21/19 9:58am

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I'm actually glad. She's just not a good filmmaker. She may have pleasantly surprised me, but she always seemed like an odd choice.

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Reply #6 posted 08/21/19 10:22am

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“I like to surprise,” DuVernay says, avoiding specifics. She does note she’s no longer working on Netflix’s multipart Prince documentary, saying she had “creative differences” with the company after working for a year on the project. “It just didn’t work out,” she says. “There’s a lot of beautiful material there. I wish them well.”

Hmm. So if I'm reading this correctly, she had differences with Netflix, NOT the Estate? Then again, I have to assume Netflix and the Estate are in tandem on what exactly they want from this multi-part series. If Netflix is sitting on all of this material, I have to assume another director will jump on this soon. Hopefully a good one.

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Reply #7 posted 08/21/19 10:53am

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Ava puts in a year's worth of work on a documentary, and then leaves because of "creative differences"?

Something in the water does not compute.

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Reply #8 posted 08/21/19 10:56am

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ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

Ava puts in a year's worth of work on a documentary, and then leaves because of "creative differences"?

Something in the water does not compute.



lol
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Reply #9 posted 08/21/19 10:58am

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Spike Lee is their books isn’t he?
Comin str8 outta Preston...
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Reply #10 posted 08/21/19 11:00am

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Money.

I'm sure

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Reply #11 posted 08/21/19 11:05am

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Gutted.

Presumably this puts the whole thing on ice and who knows when/if it will come out.
If the milk turns out to be sour, I aint the kinda pussy to drink it!
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Reply #12 posted 08/21/19 11:08am

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Ugot2shakesumthin said:

I'm actually glad. She's just not a good filmmaker. She may have pleasantly surprised me, but she always seemed like an odd choice.


The two movies I've seen that she directed, Selma and 13th I thought were well-made.

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Reply #13 posted 08/21/19 11:08am

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rdhull said:

Thank god.


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Laughing because that was EXACTLY my first thought.

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Reply #14 posted 08/21/19 12:19pm

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While Wrinkle was terrible her documentary type films (When they see us!) are great and her name would have given it cred and a wider audience. This is a bad sign and I'm sure does not bode well for this project.

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Reply #15 posted 08/21/19 12:20pm

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This explains why the "top secret" project hasn't been talked about lately. I was SO looking forward to an ULTRA private screening.

Now the only thing to look forward to is.

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Reply #16 posted 08/21/19 12:37pm

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emesem said:

While Wrinkle was terrible her documentary type films (When they see us!) are great and her name would have given it cred and a wider audience. This is a bad sign and I'm sure does not bode well for this project.




Ok, well I guess I was giving her a bum wrap. I only know her from A Wrinkle in Time. And it is god awful. I’ll have to check out her ducumentaries.
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Reply #17 posted 08/21/19 12:42pm

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Who?


lol lol lol

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Reply #18 posted 08/21/19 1:06pm

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Nobody can seem to get it together when it comes to Prince. confused

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Reply #19 posted 08/21/19 1:13pm

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Creative differences? I think that's code for not keeping to a time schedule and budget for project. Or they want to focus on the addiction aspect?

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Reply #20 posted 08/21/19 1:53pm

donnyenglish

I fear that this will now be a rehash of his 80's glory days full of associate commentary giving their version of the truth. I was looking forward to Duvernay doing this in his words and sourced almost exclusively from vault video/audio. Prince trusted her, but someone that is administering the Estate does not trust her creative input. Shame.

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donnyenglish said:

I fear that this will now be a rehash of his 80's glory days full of associate commentary giving their version of the truth.

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Again you are making shit up based on zero evidence.

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Reply #22 posted 08/21/19 2:40pm

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BartVanHemelen said:

donnyenglish said:

I fear that this will now be a rehash of his 80's glory days full of associate commentary giving their version of the truth.

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Again you are making shit up based on zero evidence.

Except that everything that they have released thus far has been full of former associate commentary.

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Reply #23 posted 08/21/19 2:49pm

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Nobody can seem to get it together when it comes to Prince. confused


These words. sigh😕
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Reply #24 posted 08/21/19 2:51pm

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I am kind of relieved that she is off the Prince project. I mean, ever since I found out that she was in that Oprah the Snake Winfrey, Gayle King and those other black/whyte feminist/lesbian clique of Hollywierd - I grew leery of her heading this Prince Docuseries!

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Reply #25 posted 08/21/19 3:01pm

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Anyway in any case we can't control or suggest what's the Estate or whoever in charge of the Prince's Legacy gonna do next 4 the best or the worst ! That's it

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Reply #26 posted 08/21/19 3:05pm

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I believe Ava would have done an amazing job. Too many hands in the pot interfering neutral

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Reply #27 posted 08/21/19 3:47pm

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I am kind of relieved that she is off the Prince project. I mean, ever since I found out that she was in that Oprah the Snake Winfrey, Gayle King and those other black/whyte feminist/lesbian clique of Hollywierd - I grew leery of her heading this Prince Docuseries!

Same here, Duvernay has said some sideways stuff and I don't trust her judgement. Seems to be a Harpo lap dog.

My thoughts - and pure speculation - is that the estate didn't like the angle she was trying to spin the Prince story and subsesquently booted her.

This docu is very important for Prince's legacy. The hardcore fans of the Org know his history, but many young and old alike don't know much concerning his life and career.

My only hope is that they don't allow his name to be associated with politicized material again, after the dumpster fire that was Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman closing scene.

Matter of fact, take this as a vote of no confidence on Spike if they're considering him. Those Michael Jackson documentaries he did sucked.

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Reply #28 posted 08/21/19 4:08pm

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rnb said:

I am kind of relieved that she is off the Prince project. I mean, ever since I found out that she was in that Oprah the Snake Winfrey, Gayle King and those other black/whyte feminist/lesbian clique of Hollywierd - I grew leery of her heading this Prince Docuseries!



I'm not a fan of Oprah either but was does this supposed to mean?

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Reply #29 posted 08/21/19 4:16pm

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onlyforaminute said:

purplethunder3121 said:

Nobody can seem to get it together when it comes to Prince. confused

These words. sigh😕

Waiting for the wheels to turn... confused At least we have org members like Duane Tudahl who put out a great book on Prince...but he'd been working on that for 20 years! razz lol

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