A new Amy Winehouse biopic is set to focus on her final years

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1 Sep 2021, 13:10

Amy Winehouse. Credit: Getty

Amy Winehouse. Credit: Getty

Following 2015’s multi-award-winning documentary by Asif Kapadia, simply entitled Amy, and the recent BBC documentary, Reclaiming Amy, there is now a biopic about the late singer in the works. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Halcyon Studios is set to produce the film, which will be based on Daphne Barak's book, Saving Amy, and will explore the final years of Amy Winehouse’s life. 

Barak compiled 40 hours of footage, photo and notes with Winehouse and her family across the final three years of her life, before the singer tragically died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, aged just 27.

Barak will take the role of executive producer of the biopic, which has yet to name its director.

In a statement, Halcyon Studio CEO David Ellender said: “Our team is honoured to be working on this project. Although her career was cut far too short, Amy was the voice of a generation and we look forward to telling her story in the most poignant way possible.”

However, Amy’s father and administrator of her estate, Mitch Winehouse, has reportedly told TMZ that he doesn’t think the project will go forward, because it's "100 percent not allowed."

The news of this potential new biopic comes a few days after it was reported that a tour featuring Amy Winehouse in holographic form is being planned. This project had been set for 2019, but was postponed. Now though, Base Holograms are aiming to restart the plan to bring the Amy hologram to stages. 

Meanwhile, Winehouse’s father has hinted that some previous unheard music from his daughter could be released in the future. He told the BBC in July: “We’ve found a few bits and pieces but it’s difficult because the CDs are a bit corrupted, but apparently we’ve been told we might be able to rescue something.

“It might not be as good as Back To Black, but from what I’ve heard, from the snippets that we might be able to rescue, it’s good.”