Beyonce unveiled a full trailer for an upcoming concert film based on her blockbuster “Renaissance World Tour 2023” on Sunday night.
The film’s official title is “Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce,” and the singer has opened ticket sales at theater chains including AMC, Regal and Cinemark. The film hits US theaters on December 1st.
“When I perform, I’m nothing but free,” Beyoncé purrs in the trailer over a montage of images from the road. “My goal for this tour was to create a place where everyone is free and no one is judged.”
The singer’s company, Parkwood Entertainment, made a delayed announcement for the final domestic stop of her tour, and Beyoncé uploaded the trailer to her Instagram just before 11 p.m. Pacific Time. She captioned the post with the lyrics “Be careful what you ask for / ’cause I might just comply” from her song “All Up in Your Mind.”
Like many Beyoncé productions, this film promises to be a family affair. The trailer features footage of Beyoncé rehearsing with her eldest daughter and current backup dancer Blue Ivy Carter, as well as her and Jay-Z’s twins Rumi and Sir. Shawn Carter himself is also spotted and can be heard off-camera asking his wife about her intentions with this latest creative effort.
As Variety exclusively reported on Saturday, Beyonce inked a direct distribution deal for the new concert film with cinema giant AMC Theaters and announced additional cinema chains in her official announcement.
An auction for the hybrid project was announced to major studios and streamers in mid-September, sources told Variety in a previous report. Beyonce chose an unconventional deal template that AMC and Taylor Swift forged in August. Swift’s film was self-financed and she will reportedly receive well over 50% of the box office as part of the arrangement. Beyonce will get the same deal, sources told Variety.
Insiders said the film will be ambitious in scope – it will include highlights from the entire 2023 Renaissance world tour, the long-awaited videos shot for the visual album “Renaissance” and a documentary account of the recording of the album and the Include the conception of the tour.
Beyonce’s previous concert films include: the direct-to-DVD “I Am…Yours”, filmed live at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas in 2009; the 2013 HBO project “Life is But a Dream,” a confessional account of new motherhood mixed with live performances from her grand opening performance at Revel Casino in Atlantic City; and Netflix’s “Homecoming,” the cultural phenomenon that captured Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella headlining set.