Beyonce is releasing a concert movie based on her huge Renaissance world tour and, like one of her peers, she has decided to cut out the major movie studios.
Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce will hit cinemas in the US, Canada and Mexico in December, promising to “accentuate the journey” of the tour’s inception to the final shows in the US.
An international release date is yet to be announced.
“It is about Beyonce’s intention, hard work, involvement in every aspect of the production, her creative mind and purpose to create her legacy, and master her craft,” the film’s description says.
“Received with extraordinary acclaim, Beyonce’s Renaissance World Tour created a sanctuary for freedom, and shared joy, for more than 2.7 million fans.”
The tour began in Stockholm, Sweden, in May and finished in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday.
The trailer shows behind the scenes of the tour, with Beyonce getting stage ready, jumping into a helicopter with her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, plus her loyal fans’ reactions to her performance.
Insiders told Variety that Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce will feature highlights from the world tour, videos for the visual album and a documentary-style account of the recording of the Renaissance album and the lead-up to the tour.
“When I am performing, I am nothing but free – my goal for this tour was to create a place where everyone is free and no one is judged,” Beyonce says at the start of the trailer.
Major studios miss out
Beyonce’s production company Parkwood Entertainment will produce the film.
Just like Taylor Swift, who is releasing a concert film of her Eras Tour, Beyonce will distribute the film directly with AMC Theatres, essentially cutting out the major studios.
Swift financed Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour and announced its release in the thick of the Hollywood strikes, and she reportedly had obtained clearance under a SAG-AFTRA interim agreement.
It’s expected Swift’s gamble will pay off and she will reportedly earn half of what it makes at the box office.
Beyonce might be getting a similar cut, some media outlets have speculated.
Going to the theatres without involving major studios is smart for both artists, meaning they will be pocketing a fair sum and they won’t be considered “scabs” while SAG-AFTRA remains on strike.
In just the month of July, Beyonce’s tour took in $US179 million ($282 million), a new record for the highest one-month gross in the history of Billboard Boxscore.
Ahead of her final show in Kansas City it was estimated the Renaissance world tour would generate $US560 million ($882 million).
“Should estimates be actualised, Beyonce will be the only woman, only Black person and only American solo act on the top 10 list, and outperforming acts like Roger Waters and the Rolling Stones,” Forbes said.
Australia is awaiting news as to whether Beyonce’s tour and film will make their way Down Under.