EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Michel Basquiat is ready to be the topic of a brand new characteristic documentary, King Pleasure, from Val and Pepsi, The place’s My Jet? producer Boardwalk Footage and Quinn Wilson, former artistic director for Lizzo.
The property of the legendary artist is on board the mission and has granted full entry to archival materials and unique artistic endeavors, permitting it to be a mash-up of never-before-seen dwelling motion pictures, notebooks, images, animation, and interviews.
Wilson, who has additionally labored with the likes of Dita Von Teese, King Princess, and Ziwe, will direct King Pleasure, which begins manufacturing this summer time.
It’s the newest Basquiat mission within the works. Stephan James is connected to star and produce a scripted restricted sequence concerning the artist with Boat Rocker Studios.
Basquiat, whose untitled portray of a black cranium with crimson and yellow rivulets bought for over $110M in 2017, was within the information final 12 months after the Orlando Museum of Artwork unveiled 25 work that had been later discovered to be faux.
Basquiat began out within the graffiti scene in New York within the late ‘70s earlier than changing into one of many youngest artists to ever exhibit on the Whitney Biennial in New York. He was well-known for his friendship with Andy Warhol earlier than his demise from a heroin overdose in 1988.
Basquiat’s sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, who run the property with their stepmother, Nora Firtzpatrick, have spent years poring over their brother’s work, drawing, images, VHS motion pictures, African sculpture assortment, toys and memorabilia to curate an exhibition of his life and work. They not too long ago curated the Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure exhibition, which featured over 200 of his items, in each New York and Los Angeles.
Boardwalk’s Andrew Fried, Jordan Wynn, and Dane Lillegard will produce the documentary alongside Wilson and Ileen Gallagher. Government producers embody Jeanine Heriveaux, Lisane Basquiat, Anthony Konigbagbe, Katherine Oliver, Lindsay Firestone, James Cunningham, and Emi Stewart.
“Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most electric artists of all time. He left behind a body of work that continues to inspire and capture the imagination of people from all walks of life” mentioned Jordan Wynn, President of Boardwalk Studios. “We are honored that Lisane and Jeanine and the rest of the Basquiat family have granted us such incredible access to their trove of materials and we are excited to collaborate with Quinn who has a dazzling vision for an intimate and emotional portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life.”
“I have been fortunate enough to gain an intimate understanding of Jean-Michel through the stories and recollections shared by his sisters and stepmother,” mentioned Wilson. “We have discovered a story that cracks the narrative of what we know about the prolific artist. Through his previously unseen artwork, thoughts, and memorabilia, we’ve uncovered a history that shatters the conventional understanding of this icon and I look forward to doing justice to his life’s story and shining a light on him not only as an artist, but as a man.”
“Jean-Michel understood that art lives on beyond generations and that after his death, his art would continue to reveal new layers of meaning to our shared human experience,” added Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux. “With so many false depictions and narratives surrounding the life of our brother, we’re thrilled to recenter the legacy of the Jean-Michel we knew and loved dearly. We have no doubt the Boardwalk team and impeccably talented Quinn Wilson will reclaim his story with a beautiful, intimate, and powerful new documentary.”
Wilson and Boardwalk are represented by WME. The Basquiat property is represented by Artestar, New York.