According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant paid a whopping $25 million for the untitled project, which was announced back in 2016. Berg, who worked with Rihanna on the 2012 sci-fi action film Battleship, shed some light on the documentary during a 2017 THR interview.
"We've got about a thousand hours of footage," the director told the outlet. "That was a fun change of pace ... to go travel with Rihanna around Europe, and Rihanna is surrounded by girls. We were in Nice [France]. She was going to do a concert on Bastille Day. And that truck driver who killed all those people plowed through them right in front of our hotel. So even in me trying to do something light, I had a very, very front-row seat to something that horrific."
The documentary is said to provide an "unfiltered look" into the artist's life, exploring her business and humanitarian efforts, as well as her evolution into a pop culture icon. Berg told Deadline the doc would be less of a music film and more of "a character study."
Amazon declined THR's request for comment, and it is unclear when the Rihanna documentary will be released. The project was produced by Berg's Film 45 company, which specializes in non-scripted entertainment and branded content.
The production company provided the following description for the Rihanna documentary:
Peter Berg’s bold and innovative Rihanna is an unfiltered look into Rihanna's life, providing a glimpse into the evolution of one of the world’s most well-known pop artists. With unparalleled access into the singer’s life and over 1200 hours of footage, the doc takes us on a journey through private insights into Rihanna’s personality and humor, philosophies on work, family and love that are both moving and inspirational.
Stay tuned as more information about the film becomes available.