Apple Is Spending $36M To Bring A Billie Eilish Documentary To Apple TV+

19 December 2019
Culture, Film, Music, Billie Eilish, Apple TV+, Documentary
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Charting one of the most meteoric ascents to fame in music history

At just 17-years-old, Billie Eilish has cemented her presence as the most in-demand artist in the music industry. That might sound like a throwaway line used often when describing up-and-coming young performers, but make no mistake: Eilish is already well-established, and if the last year has proved anything it’s that her star power eclipses that of her peers.

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To put things in perspective, just 10 years ago Eilish was unknown to the world and merely singing songs she made up in her bedroom. Fast track to 2019, and her first album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? made one of the biggest debuts in music history. There was “Bad Guy”, the number one song that has now been streamed more than 3 billion times. Then there were the four major Grammy Awards nominations (Album of the Year; Record of the Year; Song of the Year for “Bad Guy”; and Best New Artist) that made her the youngest artist ever nominated for the four categories. And just recently, she won Apple Music’s Global Artist of the Year award.

But if all that wasn’t enough for Eilish, she can also add an extremely lucrative deal struck with Apple, after the tech giant reportedly paid $25 million for a documentary about the young artist.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has already been shot and directed by R.J. Cutler, and was produced in collaboration with Eilish’s label, Interscope Records, “for a budget that one source pegs as being between $1 million and $2 million.”

The documentary is believed to follow the young singer-songwriter in the wake of the release of her debut album. Consequently, Cutler was granted deep access to Eilish’s private moments with family and behind-the-scenes of her public appearances. It will certainly make for riveting viewing, detailing Eilish’s creative process, which she does alongside her brother, Finneas O’Connell who produces the music and even writes a number of the songs, including “Ocean Eyes”.

In an interview with CBS News, Eilish revealed the consequences of fame, detailing her struggles with anxiety and depression. Having shot to fame so quickly, Eilish said: “It was this inability to go out places. And it was so torturous, ‘cause all I wanted to do was go hang out with my friends.”

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The documentary will be available through Apple TV+ as opposed to Apple Music, which has previously released other projects like Taylor Swift’s The 1989 World Tour (Live) and Ed Sheeran’s Songwriter. It is expected to premiere in 2020.


Via GQ Australia