8:35am PT by Lacey Rose
Netflix Preps 'Keith Richards: Under the Influence' Documentary for Fall
Keith Richards is headed to Netflix.
The streaming service announced Tuesday that it would debut Oscar winner Morgan Neville’s original documentary, Keith Richards: Under the Influence, for its 65 million-plus global subscribers Sept. 18. The doc offers an unprecedented look into the sounds and influences of rock icon Keith Richards, back to the music that's inspired him -- electric blues, country honky-tonk, Southern soul and more – as he creates his first solo album in 23 years.
“If there’s a Mount Rushmore of rock ’n’ roll, Keith’s face is surely on it. He has always represented the soul of rock music -- for all of the light and dark shades that implies," said Neville, whose prior credits include 20 Feet From Stardom and Best of Enemies. "To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man -- full of humor, knowledge and wisdom. That’s the real Keith we’ve worked to capture in our film, and I’m honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."
The doc, a RadicalMedia (What Happened, Miss Simone?, The Fog of War) and Tremolo production, hails from many involved with Netflix's critically acclaimed Miss Simone doc, which The New York Times recently called "an often electric, bracingly urgent documentary." Joining producers Neville, Justin Wilkes and Jane Rose on Under the Influence are Emmy-nominated cinematographer Igor Martinovic and editor Joshua L. Pearson.
“There’s no one who could bring this unprecedented look into the musical influences of Keith Richards to life as distinctively as Morgan Neville," said Netflix vp original documentary programming Lisa Nishimura, who added: "Our viewers around the world are going to love the rare moments he has captured.”
The news comes as Netflix continues to expand its global reach -- the service is in more than 50 countries -- and bolster its library of originals at breakneck speed. At last count, Netflix offers more than 100 million hours of TV series and films per day. And that momentum continues with a July 23rd announcement of another Netflix original movie, an adaptation of Loung Ung's memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, from filmmaker Angelina Jolie.