HBO documentary JUICE WRLD: INTO THE ABYSS, part of the Music Box series, directed by Tommy Oliver (HBO’s “40 Years a Prisoner”) and executive produced by The Ringer’s Bill Simmons (HBO’s “Andre The Giant,” “Showbiz Kids”), is an intimate, immersiveexploration of the all-too-short life and career of wunderkind rapper Juice WRLD.
Already headed for superstardom and streaming supremacy by the time he was 18, courtesy of his breakout hit “Lucid Dreams,” JUICE WRLD: INTO THE ABYSS captures the Chicago native during the last years of his life as he freestyles with friends, collaborates with music producers, and performs in front of audiences worldwide. The film includes a wealth of never-before-seen footage, including several unreleased tracks, and dozens of industry interviews as it details Juice WRLD’s struggles to reconcile his meteoric rise to fame with underlying mental health issues and a growing dependency on prescription drugs.
Juice WRLD’s impact on the music industry and world at large is still felt today; he tops Spotify’s 2021 Most Streamed Artists at #10 in the World and #3 in the US, behind only Drake and Taylor Swift, two years after his passing, and prior to his album dropping this year. His first single “Already Dead” off of his second posthumous album “Fighting Demons”, releasing on December 10, debuted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in November.
Winner of AFI Fest 2021’s Audience Award for Documentary Feature, JUICE WRLD: INTO THE ABYSS debuts THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.