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HBO Max docuseries explores Murphy’s life

WarnerMedia-owned US streamer HBO Max has ordered a two-part docuseries about the life of late actress Brittany Murphy.

Jennifer O’Connell

The as-yet-untitled series will present an in-depth, intimate character portrait exploring the life, career and mysterious circumstances surrounding Murphy’s death in 2009.

The actress was known for her roles in films including 1995 teen comedy Clueless, rapper Eminem’s 2002 film 8 Mile and 2005 neo-noir crime anthology film Sin City. She also provided her voice for 2006 animated musical comedy film Happy Feet and voiced the role of Luanne Platter on Fox’s animated TV series King of the Hill from 1997 until her death.

HBO Max’s docuseries comes from Blumhouse Television and Pyramid Productions, and will feature new interviews with those closest to Murphy as well as new archival footage.

Jennifer O’Connell, executive VP of non-fiction and live-action family programming at HBO Max, said: “Our Brittany Murphy documentary cuts through the tabloid noise with an elevated, nuanced depiction of a sensational story. Crafting a grounded account of Brittany Murphy’s life struggles and sudden passing comes with great responsibility and we’ve partnered with a masterful creative team to produce a thoughtful examination of a tragedy that has long been cause for speculation.”

Cynthia Hill is directing the docuseries, which is exec produced by Blumhouse’s CEO Jason Blum, president of television Chris McCumber, president of production Jeremy Gold and exec VP of alternative and unscripted programming Mary Lisio. Pyramid Productions’ principal James Buddy Day also exec produces.


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