Just weeks after reports that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan could produce a Netflix film about Princess Diana, English producer Lightbox has announced its own new documentary, titled Diana. It's a feature film that will use rarely seen materials to tell the tragic story of the late Princess of Wales. Here's everything we know about the project.

New Princess Diana documentary is in the works

This week, Variety first reported that production company Lightbox and distributor Altitude are preparing the new documentary about Princess Diana.

Princess Diana at an event in 1985.

The film, with a working title of Diana, will paint a portrait of the "People's Princess" after working through hundreds of hours of news reports, interviews, and never-before-seen audiovisual materials. 

"Though we are telling a story, which has been told and retold many times, my aim is to reframe it for a modern audience and make it feel as fresh and relevant as it ever has," said Ed Perkins, who will lead the project.

Diana documentary gets ahead of Harry and Meghan's plan?

Diana will be co-produced with the renowned HBO and Sky. In doing so, producers Simon and Jonathan Chinn perhaps anticipated plans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who had reportedly negotiated with Netflix on potentially making a Lady Diana documentary.

Princess Diana at an event in Wales in 1985.

Diana will be released in theatres in 2022 as part of commemorations marking the 25th anniversary of the princess's death. The documentary also will be shown on HBO and its HBO Max platform afterward.

The film will join a busy field of Princess Diana media projects, with a Netflix musical coming in 2021, a new drama starring Kristen Stewart in the early stages of production, and The Crown season 4 introducing her story.

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