Writer-director Shana Feste says she was inspired to write the story after Spears made headlines with her highly publicized meltdown, during which she shaved her head and attacked a car with an umbrella, before being forced into a psychiatric ward in 2008.
"That's where this movie came from," Feste tells the Los Angeles Times. I mean, I was seeing what was happening in the media to Britney Spears."
The director also says the plot was partly inspired by Michael Jackson's love-hate relationship with the press, adding, "I finished the script when Michael Jackson passed away. I think it's tragic how we treat people who give us so much, and we love to see them knocked down to build them back up again, to knock them down again. It's a weird fascination."