Amy Winehouse Biopic Greenlit by Singer's Family
Published Oct 15, 2018Amy Winehouse's family has given the green light to an upcoming biopic about the late singer.
According to The Guardian, the film is scheduled to begin shooting next year.
It will be produced by Monumental Pictures' Alison Owen (mother to Lily Allen) and Debra Hayward. The script will be written by Kinky Boots writer Geoff Deane.
Winehouse's family will serve as executive producers, and proceeds from the film will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, said that the family had been approached multiple times about making a movie, but that "the time was not right" until now.
"We now feel able to celebrate Amy's extraordinary life and talent. 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," he said in a statement.
"What we want is somebody to portray Amy in the way that she was … the funny, brilliant, charming and horrible person that she was," he continued, suggesting perhaps an unknown English actress be given the role. "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."
Winehouse's family publicly denounced Asif Kapadia's 2015 documentary Amy. Another documentary, Back to Black, is slated to arrive next month.
In other Winehouse news, it was revealed last week that a hologram of the singer will tour the world next year, with proceeds also going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.