When you’re a global megastar, you don’t just get anyone to direct your feature-length documentary. So it’s fitting that Rihanna’s signed up Peter Berg, who gave the singer her first acting role in 2012 film Battleship and has also directed Friday Night Lights.
According to Deadline, the documentary will be a contemporary take on 1967 Bob Dylan rock documentary Don’t Look Back. According to the official promotional materials, it will offer an “unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life and how she’s ascended to become a global icon.” Berg said in a statement that he liked the idea of examining “a young artist at the top of her professional field”, and said the film will be “much more a character study than a music film”.
Music documentaries can be notoriously hit and miss. For every Amy there’s a Katy Perry documentary so sickly saccharine it makes your teeth hurt. Rihanna’s known for being relatively reticent when it comes to how much of herself she puts out in the public eye – so it’ll be interesting to see whether Berg manages to grant her fans a long-awaited glimpse into Rihanna’s personal life.