March 18, 2021
HBO Max has ordered a two-part documentary about late actress Brittany Murphy from Blumhouse Television and Pyramid Productions. The doc marks the first production for Max from Blumhouse Television. Murphy died in 2009 at the age of 32 in Los Angeles under mysterious circumstances.
The doc presents an in-depth, character portrait exploring the life, career and circumstances surrounding the surprise death of the ’90s actress. The series aims to go beyond the conspiracy theories and headlines, featuring new interviews by those closest to Murphy, as well as new archival footage.
“Our Brittany Murphy documentary cuts through the tabloid noise with an elevated, nuanced depiction of a sensational story,” Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of non-fiction and live-action family programming for HBO Max, said in a statement.
O’Connell said Murphy’s life struggles and sudden passing presented Max and the doc creative team with a “great responsibility” to be thoughtful in the examination of a death that has long been cause for speculation.
Mary Lisio, EVP of alternative and non-scripted programming at Blumhouse Television, said the story warranted a deeper exploration and examination into the environment that allowed Murphy to become a victim of success.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max, and to collaborate with a director like Cynthia Hill, who takes a nuanced approach to complex stories about women and contemporary issues,” said Lisio.
Hill said she agreed to do this film because she felt the circumstances surrounding Murphy’s death overshadowed a promising career and life.
“I think it’s important to celebrate Brittany’s talent as we struggle to explain the tragic circumstances,” Hill said.
Indeed, just five months after Murphy’s passing, her husband, Simon Monjack, was found dead in the couple’s Hollywood home.