Amy Winehouse family signs deal to make biopic

Amy Winehouse performing in London in July 2007. Photograph: James McCauley/Rex Shutterstock
Amy Winehouse performing in London in July 2007. Photograph: James McCauley/Rex Shutterstock
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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Amy Winehouse family signs deal to make biopic” was written by Laura Snapes, for The Guardian on Monday 15th October 2018 11.47 UTC

The family of Amy Winehouse has signed a deal to make a biopic about the late singer. Monumental Pictures’ Alison Owen – mother to Lily and Alfie Allen – and Debra Hayward will produce the film. Winehouse’s life story will be adapted by Kinky Boots writer Geoff Deane, and shooting is due to start in 2019.

The Winehouse family will act as executive producers. Proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Winehouse’s father Mitch said the family had been repeatedly approached regarding a biopic but previously felt “the time was not right”.

“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent,” he said in a statement. “And we know through the Amy Winehouse Foundation that the true story of her illness can help so many others who might be experiencing similar issues.”

Owen and Hayward affirmed their commitment to telling the stories of “amazing women, both real and fictional”, such as Queen Elizabeth I, Bridget Jones, Jane Eyre and Mary Poppins author PL Travers. “We’re proud that Mitch Winehouse has entrusted us with the story of amazing Amy, an icon whose songs have provided the soundtrack to a generation,” they said in a statement.

Mitch Winehouse denied suggestions that Lady Gaga, acclaimed for her performance in the new remake of A Star Is Born, would play his daughter. “I wouldn’t mind betting it would be an unknown, young, English – London, cockney – actress who looks a bit like Amy,” he said.

He told the Sun: “What we want is somebody to portray Amy in the way that she was … the funny, brilliant, charming and horrible person that she was. There’s no point really me making the film because I’m her dad. But to get the right people to do it, that’s very important, and we will.”

The news comes days after the Winehouse family unveiled plans for a hologram of the singer to tour the world in 2019. Her father said the tour will raise money and awareness for the foundation in the late singer’s name.

Winehouse was found dead at her home in Camden, London, on 23 July 2011. She had recently cancelled a European tour. The 2015 documentary Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia, showed the star being ferried between performances while inebriated and unconscious.

A new documentary, Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, will also be released in November. It includes previously unseen footage of Amy and new interviews with her collaborators Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi.

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