Nearly seven years after the tragic death of singer Amy Winehouse at the age of 27, an official big screen biopic movie is in the works. Born and raised in London, Winehouse released her debut album in 2003. Fueled by the singles “Stronger Than Me” and “Take the Box,” along with the singer’s distinct, jazz-inspired vocals, Frank ultimately reached #3 on the UK charts and topped $1 million in sales.
Winehouse made a giant leap forward with her second release Back to Black in 2006, which led to worldwide fame, $12 million in worldwide sales, and four Grammy Award wins. However, just as Winehouse's professional accomplishments made her a recognizable pop culture figure, so did her public behavior and personal demons. On July 23, 2006 - nearly five years after releasing her second and final album - Winehouse passed away in her London home, with the cause of death reported as alcohol poisoning. Winehouse was 27 years old.
The Wrap reports that Winehouse’s family has officially agreed to executive produce a biopic with Monumental Pictures. Production is reportedly set to begin in 2019, and the screenplay will be written by Geoff Deane, the former vocalist of the British pop band Modern Romance, and also the screenwriter of the 2005 film Kinky Boots, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Joel Edgerton (Red Sparrow). All proceeds will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and the singer’s father released an official statement, noting, “We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent.”
While Monumental Pictures’ Winehouse biopic will be a first, the singer’s life was previously chronicled in the 2015 documentary Amy. Co-distributed by A24 and directed by Asif Kapadia, the 128-minute production offers insight into the singer’s life via home movies, and also explores her personal relationships in the years leading up to her untimely death. Made for $3.4 million, Amy earned nearly $24 million in theaters and won a Grammy Award for Best Music Film. At the 2016 Academy Awards, Amy also won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Monumental’s Winehouse film will be co-produced by Debra Hayward and Allison Owen, with the latter being the mother of English singer Lily Allen - a pop star in her own right. In the past, Owen has produced films like Suffragette, Elizabeth, and Saving Mr. Banks, along with the Hulu series Harlots.
Though Winehouse’s life and career ended abruptly, she established a powerful legacy with her two albums and timeless vocals. An official biopic will not only bolster her influence, but will likely be a fascinating and challenging film in itself, and perhaps provide a breakout opportunity for a young star-in-the-making.