Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that a hologram of the late Amy Winehouse is set to um… hit the road comes the news that a biopic of the talented but troubled singer is on its way.
The Sun reports that the family of the five-time Grammy Award winner and ‘Rehab’ hitmaker has signed a multi-million-pound deal to bring her story to the big screen. It is understood that Alison Owen, the producer of box office hits Shaun Of The Dead and Saving Mr Banks, is to direct the film and that Geoff Dean, the screenwriter behind the comedies Kinky Boots and It’s A Boy Thing, will handle the screenplay.
The project is scheduled to begin filming next year.
No word yet as to who is to play Amy Winehouse – but her father Mitch has insisted that it won’t be Lady Gaga.
Mitch said: “We have been approached many times.
“It’s obviously something that we are going to do, 100 per cent. What we want is somebody to portray Amy in the way that she was... the funny, brilliant, charming and horrible person that she was.
“There’s no point really me making the film because I’m her dad. But to get the right people to do it, that’s very important, and we will.
“It wouldn’t be Lady Gaga. She doesn’t speak our kind of English.
“I wouldn’t mind betting it would be an unknown, young, English — London, Cockney — actress who looks a bit like Amy.”
Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27. Her debut album, Frank, was released in 2003 and was nominated for a Mercury Prize. Its follow-up, Back To Black, came out three years later, which helped her become the first British woman to win to five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Record Of The Year.
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