Luther Vandross’ Documentary ‘Never Too Much’ Acquired By OWN And CNN

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The long-awaited Luther Vandross documentary Luther: Never Too Much has been acquired by CNN Films and OWN Network.

The film was directed by Dawn Porter and made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and it is set to premiere on CNN and OWN in 2025 before streaming on MAX. The documentary will tell the story of Vandross’ life and legacy. It will touch on the criticism he faced when it came to his weight, the racism he endured while trying to earn his respect in the music industry, and the speculation about his sexuality. 

Reports state that the film will have archival footage of the late singer’s collaboration with Dionne Warwick, Mariah Carey, Valerie Simpson, and Roberta Flack. IndieWire gave the movie a B+ and said, “Luther: Never Too Much is the definitive portrait of Vandross, and that Porter with her background in political documentaries was perfectly suited to tackle the singer’s complex career rife with industry politics and racial drama.” 

They continued, “There is a stirring sense of discovery in every corner of the searching ‘Luther’ that will awe both the most knowledgeable Vandross fans and those who are only versed in well-known brushstrokes and ballads of his career. That latter group will learn a lot, too, hopefully making it their mission to broaden their playlists with Vandross classics.” 

Dawn Porter said in a statement, “I’m thrilled to partner again with CNN Films and OWN to bring this film to audiences.” She continued, “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.” ‘

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent, CNN Originals, and creative development said, “CNN Films has a long history of bringing audiences intimate portraits of their favorite musicians and Dawn has crafted a beautiful tribute to Luther Vandross.” She continued, “It is an honor to reteam with her along with our partners at OWN to celebrate Luther’s enduring legacy and his iconic songbook.”