Luther Vandross Documentary ‘Never Too Much’ Lands at CNN and OWN

Luther Vandross Documentary: Never Too Much. (Credit: IMDb)

The acclaimed Luther Vandross documentary Luther: Never Too Much has been acquired by CNN Films and OWN.

The doc from director and executive producer Dawn Porter follows the legendary singer’s rise to fame and his personal struggles.

Porter previously worked with CNN on the 2020 documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble.

“I’m thrilled to partner again with CNN Films and OWN to bring this film to audiences,” Porter said in a statement on Wednesday, May 15. “Luther’s music is timeless, his legacy is unsurpassed, and we can’t wait for all of his fans new and old to experience his brilliance.”

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Vandross was known for his silky voice and his hit songs, including “Never Too Much,” “A House Is Not a Home,” “Here and Now,” and “Dance with My Father.”

He struggled with weight and health issues and died at age 54 in 2005, two years after suffering a debilitating stroke.

Luther: Never Too Much premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival in January to a standing ovation and positive reviews.

Ronda Racha Penrice of TheWrap said the film “will have fans dancing in their seats.”

While Dwight Brown of Dwight Brown Ink called the film “a very illuminating recollection of a man who could sing anyone under the table.”

According to the doc’s official description, “Vandross tells his own story with assistance from his closest friends and musical collaborators including Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson and Roberta Flack. The film relives the many stunning moments of Vandross’ Grammy award-winning musical career, while exploring his unrequited love life, health struggles, and a lifelong battle to earn the respect his music deserved.”

The film is produced by Raindog Films and Foxxhole Productions for Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Publishing, in association with Trilogy Films.

Producers include Trish D Chetty, Ged Doherty and Colin Firth for Raindog Films; Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner for Foxxhole Productions; and Leah Smith for Trilogy Films.

Executive producers are Dawn Porter, alongside Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for Sony Non-Fiction television; Tom Mackay and Richard Story for Sony Music Entertainment; and Jon Platt and Brian Monaco for Sony Music Publishing. Phil Thornton also serves as an executive producer.

Luther: Never Too Much will premiere in 2025 on Warner Bros. Discovery properties CNN, OWN and Max.

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