Beyonce’s Renaissance World Tour Is Headed To A Theater Near You: Report

Though it follows Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour,’ the concert movie has supposedly been in the works for years.

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Beyonce performs onstage in London, England, UK on May 30, 2023.Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood

After two weeks of wheeling and dealing by super-agency CAA, the theatrical dead zone after Thanksgiving might be a lot more exciting this year. The company was apparently shopping a documentary feature about Beyonce’s current tour to streamers and studios last month, with AMC Theatres—yes, the same chain that scored Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour feature—coming out on top. If all goes as planned, we’ll be watching Beyonce on the big screen by Dec. 1.

It’s worth noting here that neither AMC nor CAA have confirmed this plan, which Variety first reported. But according to the trade publication, the film—which is called Beyonce Renaissance World Tour, per Deadline—has been years in the making, and will include “elements of” her current live shows, as well as “parts of the long-gestating visual album Renaissance and a documentary-style account of making the record and building out the tour.”

But though it’s been in the works for a while, crews were reportedly still shooting footage as of last week, when the tour stopped in Beyonce’s hometown of Houston, Texas. According to Deadline, film crews were at work in NRG Stadium for the shows on Sept. 23 and 24. 

The visual album portion of the film was initially presented to studios and streamers earlier this year, Above the Line reported in August. As with so many things Beyonce, it’s also been shrouded in secrecy; British photographer and artist Nadia Lee Cohen reportedly directed the videos, which an unnamed source termed “like an art film.” Though execs got a look at the work several months ago, they reportedly declined at the time. But that was before Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour was announced.

Though Swift’s concert film isn’t in theaters until Oct. 13, it’s already broken advance ticket sales records. It also prompted at least five films to move their release dates over fears that they’d be lost in the shuffle. 

Did the audience interest and steam-rolling power of Swift’s film make Beyonce’s project more appealing to studios? That’s as unknown as every other detail of this still-unconfirmed film and deal. But with fans so eager for a Beyonce film, news that AMC Theatres’ CEO Adam Aron started following her on Instagram was embraced as a sign—hopefully, those reports are true for the sake of the company’s safety. For though Nicole Kidman famously said that “heartbreak feels good” at an AMC, neither she nor they have ever faced the force of a heartbroken Beyhive. Good luck, everyone.

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