Expected to debut in 2023, this multi-part series promises an unfiltered and comprehensive exploration of a global icon and natural-born entertainer who has weathered the highs and lows of the limelight for over three decades.
The series will delve into Williams’ journey, including his encounters with media scrutiny, battles with addiction, both professional and personal setbacks, reunions, recovery, and the impact of these experiences on his mental health.
With access to 25 years’ worth of intimate, previously unreleased archival material and exclusive interviews with Williams himself, Netflix aims to create a definitive series that offers a candid, unvarnished perspective, revealing the multifaceted and nuanced personality of the artist.
The series is under the direction of Joe Pearlman, known for his work on “Bros: After the Screaming Stops,” and boasts executive production by Asif Kapadia, the Oscar-winning director of “Amy.” Dominic Crossley-Holland, known for works like “The Love of Money” and “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace,” also serves as an executive producer.
Titled “A Better Man,” this film, in development since 2021, is directed by Michael Gracey, renowned for “The Greatest Showman.” Shot in Australia, the movie features Williams portraying himself, with British actor Jonno Davies playing a younger version of the singer.
Described as a satirical musical, “A Better Man” will reinterpret and recontextualize some of Williams’ iconic songs, including hits like “Millennium,” “Rock DJ,” “Feel,” and “Angels.”