Andy Warhol has the chance to tell the story of his own life. At least that’s the idea behind Netflix’s upcoming docuseries: Andy Warhol’s Diaries. With the help of AI technology, Warhol’s voice will narrate the project, using recorded and edited snippets of his journal entries to weave the episodes together.
Warhol rose to fame in the 1960s for his groundbreaking and original works of art. He is credited with leading the pop art movement, which featured bright colors and repetitive imagery and challenged the idea of ”fine art”. Warhol died in 1987 at just 58, leaving behind an impressive legacy that still permeates the art world today.
Andy Warhol’s Diaries is a 6-part series created by Ryan Murphy and directed by Andrew Rossi. Together they hired actor Bill Irwin to record the narration, which was later digitally altered to reflect Warhol’s voice. The result is a surprisingly accurate rendition of Warhol’s Pittsburgh accent. According to Hollywood journalist, the Andy Warhol Foundation was consulted on the project and gave Murphy and Rossi permission to do so.
According to the newspaper, “the series charts Warhol’s almost incredibly diverse journey moving fluidly between mediums and across eras as an artist – both revered and reviled – director, editor, television producer, creator of stage, fame and more.”
“This series really reveals a lot about the very complex man through his own words,” the synopsis continues. “Often in his own voice through the use of cutting-edge AI techniques and those who worked, created and performed alongside him, from the subversive to the mainstream, from John Waters to Rob Lowe.”
A trailer for the upcoming docuseries was released this afternoon. During the preview, Warhol’s artificial voice says, “I’m just a freak. I wasn’t very close to anyone. Although I guess I wanted to be. Warhol was notoriously deprived of his personal life, leaving anything outside of his art to speculation. His diary, however, left behind a trail of clues.
In an interview with Weekly entertainment, Rossi further explained the reasoning behind using Warhol’s diary for the series’ narration. “That’s one of the reasons his diaries are such a rare and fascinating window; he could be incredibly raw and emotional when talking to his columnist on the phone,” he said. “To fully appreciate the radical vulnerability Andy shares in the diaries, I felt we needed to hear the words in Andy’s own voice.”
Andy Warhol’s Diaries premieres March 9 on Netflix. In the meantime, watch the trailer for the series below: