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Charlotte Krol
22 May 2023, 12:18

A new Avicii documentary is in the works with Academy Award-winning producer

Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs producer Lawrence Bender is behind the new project

Avicii poses in a black-and-white image with his hand on his forehead
Wikimedia Commons/The Perfect World Foundation

A new documentary about Avicii is in underway from multiple Academy Award-winning producer Lawrence Bender.

Bender, who is known for his many projects with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, told Variety that he's “excited” to tell the story of the late Swedish DJ. He is producing the film with Orlando John, the latter of whom is also co-directing with Jonas Trukanas.

“What got me excited was not just the story of Avicii, but also the take Orlando had as a director. It’s that take that’s going to make this eye-opening,” said Bender, the producer behind Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and other films.

John, a Dutch talent manager who works with Wyclef Jean, added: “Avicii changed the music industry. People think they know the story, but they have really no clue as to what actually happened. I feel a profound responsibility to ensure that it’s told accurately and objectively. This documentary will give the audiences a deeper understanding of the brand that left an indelible mark on music and culture.”

Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died by suicide in April 2018 at the age of 28. Months before his death a documentary called Avicii: True Stories was released, which was directed by his friend Levan Tsikurishvili.

Tsikurishvili documented Avicii's career for years, including capturing on camera the DJ's decision in 2016 to quit touring due to his poor mental health. 

Avicii rose to fame in the early 2010s with hits including ‘Levels’ and ‘Wake Me Up’.

A museum, the Avicii Experience, opened in the late star's native Stockholm in 2021, which continues to draws visitors from across the globe. In 2022, the Avicii Experience exhibition opened at Space in Stockholm, his hometown. Elsewhere in the Swedish capital, a wind sculpture was recently erected in his honour, and the city's largest indoor music venue, the Ericsson Globe, was renamed Avicii Arena

Meanwhile, previously unseen footage from the DJ's headline performance at the 2015 edition of UNTOLD Festival emerged online recently, as did footage of him playing the track 'Addicted To You' at Ushuaïa Ibiza in 2016.