A Britney Spears Netflix Doc Is Premiering Next Week, and the Trailer Is Intense

In wake of the public interest in the Britney Spears conservatorship saga—which is still unfolding and may even end soon—Netflix is releasing a doc on the subject, Britney vs. Spears.

The streaming giant dropped a trailer for the doc on Wednesday, September 22, and it promises an even more in-depth look at Spears’s conservatorship. While the New York Times–Hulu doc Framing Britney Spears took a holistic view at Spears’s early life, career, media coverage, and the events that led to her current situation, BvS seems to be more legal-oriented, chasing down facts and clues through documents and recordings. 

Director Erin Lee Carr helmed Britney vs. Spears. Her past work includes the thought-provoking docs Mommy Dead and Dearest and I Love You, Now Die, and a recent exploration of the Larry Nassar–USA Gymnastics scandal for HBO. 

Carr mentioned on Twitter that she’s been working on this project for over two years, suggesting the doc is not in reaction to Framing Britney Spears. 

Britney vs. Spears is set to premiere September 28, the day before Spears’s next conservatorship hearing. Read an official description of the doc, per a Netflix press release, below:

“The world knows Britney Spears: performer, artist, icon. But in the last few years, her name has been publicly tied to another, more mysterious term: conservatorship. Britney vs. Spears tells the explosive story of Britney’s life and her public and private search for freedom. Featuring years-long investigative work, exclusive interviews, and new documents, this Netflix feature film paints a thorough portrait of the pop star’s trajectory from girl next door to a woman trapped by fame and family and her own legal status. It shows Britney’s life without utilizing the traumatic images that have previously defined her. Director Erin Lee Carr (How to Fix a Drug Scandal, Dirty Money) and journalist Jenny Eliscu work to delve deep into the tangled history of the conservatorship that has been in place for over 13 years. The film weaves a shocking timeline of old and new players, secret rendezvous and Britney’s behind the scenes fight for her own autonomy. Text messages and a voice mail as well as new interviews with key players make clear what Britney herself has attested: the full story has yet to be told.”

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