It’s official: Netflix is dropping its own Britney Spears documentary. After months of speculation, the streaming service confirmed this week that Britney vs Spears is on the way, marking yet another title for the vault of films about Spears’ life.
After dropping an 18-second teaser for the film September 21 (that sparked GREAT online debate), Netflix then dropped the full trailer a day later.
The collective fan reaction as soon as the trailer went live was something along the lines of "AHHHHHH."
The full trailer makes it seem like the doc firmly takes Britney's side, implying she was "silenced" and a victim of her father, the legal system and others who stood to profit off her.
Twenty-four hours earlier, when the 18-second teaser dropped, fans weren't so sure. The promo consisted of a recording of Spears calling a lawyer at 12:29 a.m. on January 21, 2009.
“Hi, my name is Britney Spears,” she says. “I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…”
That audio made the doc's intentions and stance seem a little more ambiguous.
The film itself drops on September 28, just a day before Britney will return to court to address Jamie Spears’ latest (and unexpected) petition to end his daughter’s conservatorship. Judge Brenda Penny is also expected to make decisions on other important matters concerning the conservatorship at the time.
New York-based director Erin Lee Carr, who has tackled everything from corruption inside the USA Gymnastics team to the case of Michelle Carter, directs the Britney vs Spears film. And while not much is known about the film other than what’s been teased, it is said to feature interviews with key figures in Spears’ life.
Given the popstar’s upcoming court date and the fact that she was “embarrassed” by the New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears, it seems pretty unlikely that she or anyone super close to her participated in this film, which was in development before the NYT project.
“My life has always been very speculated, watched and judged,” Spears wrote on social media back in March. “I have been exposed performing my whole life in front of people. It takes a lot of strength to trust the universe with your real vulnerability cause I’ve always been so judged, insulted, embarrassed by the media and I still am to this day.”
The film also comes at a weird time, given that Britney recently got engaged to her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, and she seems to finally be on a happy path. Some fans feel that digging into her past without her consent is a way to potentially derail her have been pretty vocal about not wanting to support this new documentary at all.
Not all fans think the doc is a terrible idea though. Many pointed out that it’s because of projects like Framing Britney Spears that her current conservatorship battle has gained so much traction in the media and amassed more celebrity followers and supporters. In their eyes, having another film that potentially reveals more of the truth could be beneficial.
And then there are the fans who are holding their judgement because of rumours that this film will be on the pro-conservatorship side, and not in favour of ending the legal arrangement once and for all.
However the doc plays out, fans won’t have to wait long given that it’s dropping in less than a week. And, since it’s only releasing the day before the next court hearing, it’s not likely to sway anyone either way before major decisions are potentially made.
One thing is sure: fans are still waiting to hear from Britney herself, and she wants to put her own story out there too. Back in June, she said as much when she revealed she needs approval to do an interview for her voice to finally be heard.
“I have the right to use my voice and [to speak] up for myself,” Spears said at the time, revealing she wants to expose the treatment that has reportedly gone on under her conservatorship. “I can’t let the public know anything they did to me and by not saying anything, is saying it’s okay,” she added.
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