An Amy Winehouse documentary is on the way from director Asif Kapadia and Universal Music, according to a Wednesday press release from Focus Features International.
The project will be on the market at next month’s Cannes Film Market with James Gay-Rees producing. The duo worked together previously on Kapadia’s film Senna, based on the life and death of Brazilian auto racer Ayrton Senna.
In a statement, Gay-Rees and Kapadia had this to say about the untitled Amy Winehouse documentary project: “This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in in a way that very few films can.”
The pair continued: “Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sung from the heart, and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.”
Winehouse is known mainly for her smash hit second album Back to Black. A chronic drug and alcohol abuser, Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27.
The title cut from that album has been covered by Beyonce, and will be featured in the upcoming remake of The Great Gatsby. Earlier this month, it was reported the late singer’s father Mitch Winehouse was decidedly unimpressed.
For more on that, you can check out the video from Huffington Post below, but don’t jump to any conclusions just yet:
On Wednesday, The Hollywood Gossiphad a somewhat different report, noting that the Amy Winehouse Foundation was okay with Beyonce’s version, citing Mitch Winehouse as tweeting “I like Beyonce’s cover and have no probs.”
Mitch even went on to say that Beyonce “could do another if she wants.”
Are you looking forward to the Amy Winehouse documentary, and what did you think of Beyonce’s “Back to Black”?