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“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry,” a new documentary about the “Bad Guy” singer and songwriter, will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV Plus in February 2021.
The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, who previously turned his camera on the worlds of high fashion (“The September Issue”) and politics (“The War Room”). While Eilish is just 18 years old, the film has been in the works for several years: While embedded with the singer’s tour in October of 2019, a Variety reporter witnessed a film crew following the singer virtually everywhere, and was told the crew was working on an unspecified “documentary that hasn’t been announced yet”; reports of the Apple TV deal began to emerge last December. A source said the crew had been following Eilish for many months, possibly as far back as 2016.
Eilish’s debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” was released in 2019, going on to become the best-performing album of the year. It also swept the Grammys, picking up awards for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Eilish will next be heard crooning the James Bond theme song “No Time To Die” in the upcoming 007 adventure of the same name.
Apple has lined up several buzzy projects since entering the streaming wars. The tech giant scored with the Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon series “The Morning Show” and had a popular hit with the Tom Hanks’ World War II drama “Greyhound.” Its upcoming releases include Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” with Bill Murray and Rashida Jones and the Tom Holland drama “Cherry,” which it recently picked up for $40 million. In the documentary space, Apple TV Plus has released “Beastie Boys Story” and “Boys State.” The Eilish documentary is a snazzy “get” for the service as it is locked in a content arms race with Netflix and Disney Plus.
“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” is produced by Apple Original Films, in association with Interscope Films, Darkroom, This Machine and Lighthouse Management & Media.
Variety's Brent Lang contributed to this post.