The documentary will explore the ups and downs of Blige’s life and career, including her past struggles with poverty, abuse and addiction. The film will also follow Blige on her My Life tour ahead of the album’s 25th anniversary.
“We all know Mary J. Blige as the two-time Oscar nominee, Grammy Award winning, multi-hyphenate who has sold over 80 million records. But through this documentary, audiences will see a raw and honest side of Mary J. Blige opening up about her personal journey of healing redemption and healing,” Amazon Studios co-head of movies Matt Newman said.
Blige is a nine-time Grammy winner and was nominated for two Oscars for the 2017 movie Mudbound, one for Best Supporting Actress and one for Best Original Song for “Mighty River.”
“I have long admired Mary as an artist, an icon, and a strong, fearless woman. The story of her life has inspired us enormously and we are thrilled to be making this project with her and her team, Ashaunna and Nicole,” eOne president of global unscripted television Tara Long said. “Mary’s album My Life is both iconic and tremendously impactful, we hope that by bringing it to screens we can continue to inspire audiences around the world as her music has done for decades.”
Amazon Studios confirmed the news in a tweet Tuesday.
Blige is known for the singles “Be Without You,” “Family Affair,” “Real Love” and “Not Gon’ Cry,” and released her most recent album, Strength of a Woman, in 2017. In addition to Mudbound, her acting credits include Empire, How to Get Away with Murder, The Umbrella Academy and the Scream series.