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Ava DuVernay is set to direct a feature-length documentary on the late rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle for Netflix, focusing on his life, work and activism until he was killed in Los Angeles last year.

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Rights over the documentary saw the various streaming services engulfed in a pitched bidding-war, though according the Hollywood Reporter, the project didn’t fetch the figures that Apple is spending on its Billie Eilish film ($26 million) or Amazon on its Rihanna documentary ($25 million), with the project landing somewhere in the mid-teens.

Regardless of the budget, the film will be in capable hands. DuVernay’s previous documentary experience includes the Oscar-nominated 13th, which explores racial inequality in America through the lens of the country’s prison system. In 2017, DuVernay had Hussle serve as a panelist to “offer his perspective on how the for-profit prison system was decimating inner-city communities,” THR reports.

Hussle’s family has also agreed to participate in the movie, which will be produced by DuVernay and Hussle’s Marathon Films.

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