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Filming to begin on Amy Winehouse biopic in 2019

By | Published on Tuesday 16 October 2018

Amy Winehouse

Still unhappy with Universal Music’s Amy Winehouse documentary, ‘Amy’, which came out three whole years ago now, the singer’s family have announced that shooting will begin on a biopic next year. The film is being written by Geoff Deane, who wrote the script for ‘Kinky Boots’, and the Winehouse family will act as executive producers.

In a statement, Winehouse’s father Mitch said that the family had repeatedly been approached to make a biopic following her death in 2011, but that “the time was not right” back when those approaches were made.

“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent”, he went on. “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”.

The Winehouse family was highly critical of the Asif Kapadia directed ‘Amy’ documentary prior to its release in 2015, 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. Winehouse Senior vowed to make his own documentary at the time, although that has never come to light.

The Winehouse family also recently announced plans for an Amy Winehouse hologram tour, with initial shows planned for 2019. “We felt this would be a tremendous way for Amy both to revisit her fans through a hologram and also an incredible way to raise money for our foundation”, Mitch Winehouse told Reuters.

Meanwhile, back over at Universal Music, its Eagle Rock division is set to release a new documentary next month, ‘Amy Winehouse – Back To Black’, accompanied by a full set from a private performance at Riverside Studios in London recorded in 2008.