Netflix Teams Up With Nina Simone Estate and Director Liz Garbus To Create Nina Simone Documentary

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Nina Simone, Michael Ochs
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After over 2 years of controversy surrounding the still unreleased, unauthorized Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana, it looks like a project that will actually honor the late musician’s legacy is in the works.

Netflix has teamed up the estate of Nina Simone and Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus to create a documentary on the life of Nina Simone, titled What Happened, Miss Simone? . The documentary, which will premier worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2015, will feature rare concert footage, personal letters, excerpts from Simone’s diaries, interviews with friends and collaborators, as well as an interview with her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly.

Garbus spoke to Variety about the project,

“I’m thrilled that Netflix has embraced the incredible story of Nina Simone and partnered with RadicalMedia on this film,” said Garbus, whose past work includes “The Farm: Angola, USA” and “Bobby Fischer Against the World.” The filmmaker added that for millions of fans, “Nina feels like a treasured secret. With ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’, I’m excited to help bring her passion, her music and her story to the world.”

The project will be quite an undertaking — Nina Simone was prolific artist who released over 40 albums before her death at the age of 70. She was also a passionate civil rights activist.

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