Last year, Fyre Festival made headlines when it left attendees stranded in chaos after making fraudulent promises as a luxury destination event. Run by Ja Rule and Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland, the festival used influencers like Kendall Jenner to brand the event as “the most exclusive festival the world has ever seen.”
But rather than arriving to originally-boasted amenities like chef-curated culinary pop ups, swanky geodesic beach cabanas, and luxury lodgings on 85 foot yachts, attendees experienced dilapidated site grounds and “refugee camp” conditions. McFarland faced multiple class-action lawsuits from attendees and unpaid employees, FBI and SEC investigations, and was eventually sentenced to six years in prison after originally pleading “not guilty” to multiple counts of fraud.
Now Netflix is set to release a documentary detailing the calamities surrounding the disastrous event. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Chris Smith, the film will give viewers a “first-hand look into the disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organizers themselves.”
Netflix is not the only online streaming platform to pick up on the story of the Fyre fiasco. Hulu also plans to release a Billboard-produced documentary series next year. The multi-episode formatted show will feature interviews with locals, vendors, investors, and attendees who were left stranded on the Bahamian islands, turning to the US Embassy for food and shelter.
Netflix’s Fyre arrives January 18, 2019. View the trailer below.