Following the success of the FX / Hulu documentary Coaching Britney Spears, the BBC has announced that it is planning its own film about the American singer and her tutelage.
The BBC has the green light Britney (working title), who will follow BAFTA-winning reporter Mobeen Azhar as he travels from Spears’ hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana to Los Angeles and speaks to the fans behind the #FreeBritney movement.
Along the way, he attends a court hearing, finding himself in the midst of the ongoing battle between Spears’ guardianship team and his passionate fans. He also meets those closest to the singer.
Azhar said, “I went to Los Angeles to find the truth about how Britney Spears, one of the greatest pop stars on the planet, ended up in a trusteeship. I found myself in a world of lawyers, superfans, and paparazzi and spent time with many people who have held a front row seat in Britney’s life. This film draws on the energy of the #FreeBritney movement and questions the industry, fandom and the laws that facilitate guardianship.
Britney will air on BBC Two and is produced by Forest, with Abacus Media Rights selling internationally. Laura Kaye is the producer, while the executive producer is Jeremy Lee. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland and Owen Courtney.