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Amy Winehouse biopic moving forward with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing

By | Published on Tuesday 12 July 2022

Amy Winehouse

An Amy Winehouse biopic is set to go into production, with ‘50 Shades Of Grey’ director and friend of the late singer Sam Taylor-Johnson helming the project.

According to Deadline, the film, titled ‘Back To Black’, has been written by Matt Greenhalgh – who previously worked with Taylor-Johnson on ‘Nowhere Boy’ and also wrote Ian Curtis biopic ‘Control’. Produced by Studiocanal, it also has the support of the Amy Winehouse estate.

Talk of an Amy Winehouse biopic is not new, of course. Plans for a biopic starring Noomi Rapace and directed by Kristen Sheridan were announced in 2015, but never came to light.

The estate then signed a deal approving another biopic in 2018, with a script penned by ‘Kinky Boots’ writer Geoff Deane and scheduled to begin filming the following year. That version of the project ultimately did not go ahead either, but Variety reports that with Taylor-Johnson on board things are now moving quickly and casting has already begun.

Prior to this, the previous Winehouse-focussed cinematic release was Asif Kapadia’s 2015 documentary ‘Amy’.

The Winehouse family was highly critical of the documentary prior to its release, calling it “misleading” and “unbalanced”. Mitch Winehouse was particularly angry about his portrayal in the film, and also that the singer’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil was allowed to appear.