Clearly no one is interested in listening to Chris Crocker, because when it comes to churning out documentaries, no one can seem to “leave Britney Alone.” Yes, we’re talking about Britney Spears of course, and the latest streamer to hop on the conservatorship referencing documentary train — Netflix.
Confirming the rumors they’d been working on something on Tuesday, Netflix revealed an 18-second teaser of the doc titled Britney vs Spears, along with a message that a full trailer will debut the very next day. The short clip features a voicemail left by Spears to a lawyer at 12:29 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2009. “Hi, my name is Britney Spears,” she is heard saying. “I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…”
The preview suggests, what we all already know, that Britney has been trying to get out of her conservatorship for more than a decade. But as fans of the superstar know, it wasn't until this month that Britney's desires came to fruition when her father Jamie Spears finally submitted a petition to end the conservatorship.
As promised, the next day arrived and so did the full trailer, plus it's premiere date, September 28. Check it out below.
Directed by Erin Lee Carr, the project will undoubtedly focus on the conservatorship, however any other details about it have remained tight lipped. That said, while nothing has been officially confirmed, the doc is said to “center around Spears’ highly-unusual conservatorship and will feature key figures in Spears’ orbit, according to Variety. It is unclear, though highly unlikely that Spears, herself, will appear in the project, given how closely guarded she has been from media opportunities throughout the course of her conservatorship.”
As for Carr, she comes to the Spears project after having worked with Netflix on How to Fix a Drug Scandal and with HBO on I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter, both of which are documentaries that saw her navigating the legal system, courtrooms and delicate subject matter. She's also known as the author of the memoir All That You Leave Behind and is the daughter of acclaimed journalist and author David Carr.
Like we mentioned earlier, Netflix isn’t setting the trend on the Britney Spears documentary front by any means. Despite reports of it being in the works for over a year, Hulu’s “Framing Britney Spears,” distributed in collaboration with FX as part of “The New York Times Presents” series which focused around the #FreeBritney movement, was the first of such on the scene.
As we all very well know by now, Britney was first placed under a conservatorship in 2008 after being hospitalized for psychiatric treatment. Jamie was given almost full control of her financial and medical affairs. But in 2019, Britney was appointed a temporary co-conservator to manage such care, while her father remained a co-conservator of her estate. Which was around when the very public legal battle began.
Fast forward to this June, when Spears stood before a judge pleading her case, begging for an end to the “abusive” conservatorship she had been enslaved under. Her testimony shocked all and revealed that Jamie not only held control of her $60 million fortune, but that she had also been drugged, forced to take birth control and compelled to work. “He loved the control [he had] to hurt his own daughter, one hundred thousand percent,” she said during her hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK, and I’m happy,” she sobbed. “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.”
“I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry. It’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day,” Spears continued. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. It’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end.”
Despite all the family and legal dramz, Britney’s life seems to be in a really great place. She recently got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari and even more recently shared a rare update on her on "extremely independent" sons Sean and Jayden with a post on Instagram.
Opting not to share a photo of them for their own privacy. Brit Brit opted for an image of a quote that reads, "There is nothing stronger than the love between a mother and a son,” alongside a heartwarming message about her two boys. "My boys' birthdays were last week," Britney began her caption, "and unfortunately they are growing up and want to do their own things....I have to ask their permission to post them because they are extremely independent little men 🤷🏼♀️😂 !!!”
She continued on, "Anyway we had a small party and the coolest ice cream cakes 🍨 🎂 !!! It makes me crazy because they are so tall and geez they are still growing 😳😳😳 !!! They went to a dance last week and I cried for two days 😭😭😭 my babies in a suit !!! It’s crazy !!! And girls get ready cause my boys are so handsome !!! I truly believe this quote which is why I wanted to share it … there’s a lot I can’t share with you all because my kids are very private which I love but I will tell you they are both extremely talented and I’m so incredibly blessed to have these two little men in my life ❤️🙏🏼 !!! And if they’re reading this … which I’m pretty sure they’re not … I love you two little devils so much 😈❤️😈 !!!"