A Mac Miller documentary has been put on hold.
On Monday (June 3), filmmaker and Jet Life Creative Director CJ Wallis announced that he and his production company, Margrette Bird Pictures, were in the initial stages of developing a documentary about the late rapper.
“So, over the next year I’m going to start collecting interviews & content to make the definitive @MacMiller documentary for his family, friends & fans,” Wallis wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
But the announcement seems to have been premature. Wallis revealed that after the doc made headlines, Miller’s family and management contacted him and asked that he put the project on hold.
“We tweeted our intentions to begin developing a doc on Mac over the next year. At the same time, we reached out to all those closest to him to begin the process of making it official,” he wrote.
Out of respect for the family’s wishes, there are no current plans for its release. “We heard back from @christianclancy & The Estate who said the family has requested we hold off on the project at this time,” he added. “We immediately compiled [sic] as the last thing we’d want is to negatively impact anyone involved, quite the opposite.”
However, he maintains that his intentions were good. “We felt comfortable announcing our intentions in advance of receiving permission because they were just that – intentions,” said Wallis. “The concept was peers telling their one favorite Mac story & cutting them together as a motivational & positive picture. Not a life story.”
When asked why plans were deferred, Wallis cited the media coverage. “It caused a lot of hell for the family with the press making a bunch of sensational headlines. It’s a bummer.”
According to Deadline, Wallis is a Canadian writer, editor, animator, visual designer, and director, who has worked with artists including Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and Ty Dolla $ign.
Miller was found dead in his home in Studio City, Calif. last September. The 26-year-old rapper died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol, according to a toxicology report from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office.