Fans Might Be Waiting For An Album, But Amazon Just Secured A Rihanna Documentary For $36M
Just this year she was announced as the world’s richest female musician, boasting a staggering $600 million fortune, according to Forbes. And in keeping with her comfortable status, Rihanna is now reported to be working on releasing a documentary with Amazon in a deal that cost the streaming platform a cool $25 million.
Her success story certainly does read much like a screenplay, with the Barbados native having to overcome a number of hardships in her youth that included having an abusive addict father. It wasn’t until her first album was released in 2005 that Rihanna became a household name, and hit songs like “SOS” and “Umbrella” garnered extensive rotation in the radio, clubs and festivals alike. The result was one of incredible star power, launching her into a stratosphere of fame few could have ever predicted for the young artist.
But in the years that have since followed, Rihanna has proved herself to be bigger than the music industry alone. Aside from being one of the best-selling artists of all time with 14 singles reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, She's also turned her hand to design. Her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, sent shockwaves through the industry in 2017 when it released 40 inclusive shades of foundation, amassing over $100 million in sales in its first few weeks.
Similarly, Savage X Fenty has generated millions in revenue for the star, who also became the first black woman to head up a major fashion house after launching the new brand, Fenty Maison, under French luxury goods conglomerate, LVMH. It all makes for an incredible story, and fans have been told that the documentary will provide “an unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life.”
As The Hollywood Reporter suggests, the documentary project will be directed by Peter Berg, who previously worked with Rihanna on 2012’s action flick, Battleship. Speaking to the publication, Berg remained relatively tight-lipped about the documentary but did say: “I’m finishing that now. We’ve got about a thousand hours of footage. That was a fun change of pace. After Lone Survivor and Deepwater and Patriots Day, where all these men run around with guns, to go travel with Rihanna.”
While fans will certainly be awaiting the release of the documentary, many also can’t help but question what this means for a reported album that was “in the works”. Rihanna hasn’t released a new album since 2016’s ANTI, leading many to wonder if there’s one set to be dropped in the coming months or if she's simply taking a break from recording and focusing on her other pursuits which, given how many there are, is understandable. Sadly, we’ll have to wait and see.