HBO Max Is Releasing a Documentary About Brittany Murphy's Life, Career and Death
The two-part documentary will be directed by Cynthia Hill
Published Mar 18, 2021Brittany Murphy led a massive and diverse career before her untimely death in 2009. Now, her story will be told with a new two-part documentary series from HBO Max.
The doc, which does not have a name just yet, will be directed by Cynthia Hill. As Deadline explains, the series aims to clarify the circumstances surrounding Murphy's death while also celebrating her life.
Murphy died at the age of 32 in 2009 from what a coroner determined was pneumonia, anemia and "multiple drug intoxication." A few months later, her husband was found dead in the same house, also from pneumonia and amenia. The scenario was fodder for a great deal of conspiracy theories.
"Our Brittany Murphy documentary cuts through the tabloid noise with an elevated, nuanced depiction of a sensational story," HBO Max's Jennifer O'Connell said in a statement. "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."
Hill added, "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. I think it's important to celebrate Brittany's talent as we struggle to explain the tragic circumstances of her and Simon's deaths."
In addition to HBO Max, the series will be produced by Blumhouse Television.