One of the most interesting albeit tragic stories in music history is that of Amy Winehouse. The influential singer-songwriter’s legacy continues to live in through the artists she inspired as well as the fans she made along the way. Now, as first reported by Deadline, Winehouse’s story is finally getting the big-screen biopic treatment.
Per the initial report, the film will be titled Back to Black, after Winehouse’s Grammy Award-winning 2006 album. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will helm the film, which has the full support and cooperation of Amy Winehouse’s estate. BAFTA Award nominee Matt Greenhalgh is penning the script with Studiocanal handling production and financing. Alison Owen (Your Voice In My Head), Debra Hayward (Bridget Jones’s Baby), and Tracey Seaward (Philomena) are on board to executive produce the film. Casting for the role of Winehouse is said to already be well underway.
A member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a child, Winehouse signed to Simon Fuller’s 19 Management in 2002. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, was released in 2003 and received critical success in the UK, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Winehouse released her follow-up album, Back to Black, in 2006, which went on to become an international success and one of the best-selling albums in UK history. At the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, she won five awards. By doing so, she tied the record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night. She is also the first British woman to win five Grammys. Unfortunately, Winehouse passed away at the age of 27 in 2011.
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