A new documentary that explores the long-running conservatorship battle of Britney Spears, titled Britney vs Spears, has been revealed in a short teaser by Netflix. In the 18-second audio preview, the pop star can be heard expressing her opposition to the legal arrangement.
“The following audio is a voicemail from Britney Spears to a lawyer on January 21st, 2009 at 12:29am,” the teaser reads. Spears’ voice is then heard, saying: “Hi, my name is Britney Spears. I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…”
The Netflix documentary is said to feature key figures in the singer’s orbit, according to Variety. The main subject is the conservatorship case that has made international headlines since the release of another documentary, the New York Times film Framing Britney Spears, back in February this year.
Earlier this month Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, filed an unexpected request to terminate the controversial conservatorship that has seen him control her personal affairs and estate since 2008. The development followed a damning statement to the Los Angeles court from Spears herself, as well as her apparent embrace of the widespread #FreeBritney movement, which has seen her fans protest outside the courthouse.
Following the premiere of Hulu’s Framing Britney Spears, the BBC also aired an hour-long film on her case, titled The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship. Netflix first announced it was working on its own documentary in February 2021, saying that the project was in production before the Hulu film.
Directed by Erin Lee Carr, Britney vs Spears is expected to receive a full trailer later this week. According to Variety, the film itself will hit Netflix on September 28, ahead of Spears’ next court date on September 29.