HBO Max is celebrating Brittany Murphy’s life and career in a new, two-part documentary.
While the documentary promises to explore the “mysterious circumstances surround the tragic death” of the Hollywood star, according to a press release, it will also depict an “in-depth, intimate character portrait,” exploring Murphy’s life and prolific career, while featuring new interviews with the people closest to the actor as well as never-before-seen archival footage.
Brittany Murphy rose to fame in the ’90s, serving up unforgettable, poignant, and comedic performances in Clueless; Girl, Interrupted; 8 Mile; Uptown Girls, and more. Her exciting career, however, was cut short when the actor passed away from pneumonia and anemia in December 2009, just five months before her husband, Simon Monjack, succumbed to the same fate. While the mysterious circumstances surrounding their deaths continue to spur questions, this look into Murphy’s life by director Cynthia Hill will “go beyond the conspiracy theories and headlines.”
“I agreed to do this film because I think it’s a shame that Brittany’s promising life and career has been eclipsed by the circumstances of her death,” Hill said, per E! Online. “I think it’s important to celebrate Brittany’s talent as we struggle to explain the tragic circumstances of her and Simon’s deaths.”
Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of nonfiction and live-action family programming at HBO Max, echoed this sentiment in the release, saying the doc “cuts through the tabloid noise” to tell the full story of Murphy’s life.
“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,” she said.
A release date for the series has not been revealed at this time, but we’ll keep you posted.