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Peter Berg to Direct Documentary About R&B Pop Star Rihanna
After giving R&B pop superstar Rihanna a pivotal role in his ridiculous action flick Battleship, director Peter Berg will turn the camera on her real life. Deadline reports the Lone Survivor and Hancock directing is launching a new production company called Film 45 with a specialty in non-scripted programming for television and film, and one of the first projects will be a theatrical feature documentary about Rihanna. Berg will direct the film himself and it's described as a contemporary version of the 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back as the filmmaker intends to dig deep into Rihanna's life and her rise to fame.
Berg says this will be "much more a character study than a music film," so while there will certainly be some concert footage, it sounds like this will be more about life as a currently successful pop star than anything. Berg has dabbled in documentary work before having been at the helm of an installment of ESPN's successful "30 for 30" series as well as HBO's NFL documentary series "State of Play." Outside of sports he's also worked at History Channel on a "Gettysburg" documentary. For fans of Rihanna, this new documentary should be a treat, but for everyone else, maybe it will just be a fascinating look into fame.