Published Apr 25, 2013Since Amy Winehouse's tragic death due to alcohol poisoning in 2011, she has been remembered with a posthumous collection and a live set, among other tributes, and soon her life will be revisited with a documentary.
The film is being helmed by Asif Kapadia, who previously directed the award-winning documentary Senna. Universal Music and James Gay-Rees are on board as producers, while Focus Features International will seek a foreign buyer at this year's Cannes Film Festival (which runs from May 15 to 26).
"This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in in a way that very few films can," said Kapadia and Gay-Rees in a statement. "Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone's attention; she wrote and sung from the heart, and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us."
The film doesn't yet have a title, but it apparently includes previously unseen footage.
In related news, the upcoming soundtrack for The Great Gatsby (due out May 7 via Interscope) includes a cover of Winehouse's "Back to Black" by Beyoncé and André 3000. Listen to a snippet of that version below.