Provocative hip-hop star M.I.A.'s shelved documentary is back on thanks to a U.K.-based organisation that helps fund stalled films.
The project came to a halt when bosses at Roc Nation's film department removed a trailer director Steve Loveridge leaked online in July (13) and then decided to dump the documentary.
still faces a hefty fine from the National Football League for the rude moment, but she insists she did nothing wrong
Loveridge promptly quit.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, officials at U.K.-based non-profit documentary support organisation BRITDOC have taken over production of the film and they will now co-produce alongside Yala Films executives, and arrange finance and distribution.
M.I.A. previously called the untitled documentary "a weird film", adding, "It's not easy to cut together. It's not like I have a camera following me around, documenting my f**king dressing room. I've documented a lot of things myself as a filmmaker. If you want a rockumentary, that's in there. Then there's a political angle... Then there's footage I shot when my brother came out of prison when he was, like, 16. And footage of this crazy mess with my personal life. "They're all interesting things you're not going to get from a Beyonce documentary.
It's just so complicated.
I can't even get my head around that". Meanwhile, the outspoken Paper Planes hitmaker has further justified her controversial middle finger salute during Madonna's 2012 Super Bowl half-time, insisting it was a gesture to the Hindu Goddess Matangi - the name of the hitmaker's new album. M.I.A. still faces a hefty fine from the National Football League for the rude moment, but she insists she did nothing wrong. In a new interview with America's National Public Radio, she says, "In America you have gang signs, and people throw up initials and stuff like that.
Well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a mudra, which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you're meditating or praying or whatever.
And you have different ones based on what you're meditating over.
"There's not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named Matangi - the Matangi mudra".
NFL bosses are currently suing the star for $1.5 million (?1 million) in a legal dispute that began in March, 2012 - a month after the Super Bowl.