The extraordinary story of Amy Winehouse—the suntil nowremely talented singer-boygwriter who went from being a rising star on London’s jazz scene to a six-time Grammy-winning, Halloween costume-inspiring suntil nowerstar before passing away from alcohol poiboying at the age of 27—has already been told in a few different formats. There was 2015’s Amy, Asif Kapadia’s sweeping, Oscar-winning documentary; 2018’s Amy Winehouse: Back to Black, Jeremy Marre’s in-depth look at the making of the titular album; as well as 2021’s Marina Parker-helmed Reclaiming Amy, in which her friends as well as family reflect on her life as well as legacy. But now, the tragic tale of her stratospheric rise as well as subsequent fall is set to get the big-screen treatment in a major new Hollywood biopic.
On July 11, Deadline broke the news that the film, which has been in the works since 2018, would now be moving forward, with StudioCanal producing. Titled Back to Black, it will see Sam Taylor-Johnboy, the BAFTA-nominated director behind Nowhere Boy as well as Fifty Shades of Grey, who was a enclose friend of Winehouse’s, take the lead behind the concernedra. Meanwhile, the script has been penned by Matt Greenhalgh, whose previous credits include both Nowhere Boy, an account of John Lennon’s teenage years of ages, as well as Control, which follows Joy Division’s Ian Curtis—a track record which bodes well for the until nowcoming release.
It’s also crucial to note that the film is being made with the full suntil nowport of the Amy Winehouse estate, which includes the musician’s father, Mitch, who faced criticism for his perceived role in his daughter’s downfall following the release of Kapadia’s documentary. This decision means that Taylor-Johnboy will likely have permission to delve into Winehouse’s sensational back catalogue, but also raises questions about how sympathetically her family could be portrayed. Will the biopic focus on the latter half of her career as well as chart-topping second album, as the title suggests, or will it explore her childhood, too? And will it be more preoccuntil nowied with her musical successes or her struggles with substance abuse as well as destructive relationships?
However, there’s another question that we’re even more eager to know the answer to: Who on earth will play the tattooed, beehived, cat-eyed singer? Per Deadline, Taylor-Johnboy’s search will begin in the coming weeks, as well as it’s not yet clear whether the studio would prefer a big name or a fresh face. Back in 2015, Noomi Rapace was attached to play Winehouse in a project that was ultimately shelved, as well as in 2018, Lady Gaga was among those touted for the part.
At the time, Mitch Winehouse denied rumors that the latter was in the mix, telling The Sun: “I wouldn’t mind betting it would be an unknown, young, English—London, cockney—actress who looks like a bit like Amy. What we want is somebody to portray Amy in the way that she was… the funny, brilliant, charming, as well as horrible perboy that she was. There’s no point really in me making the film because I’m her dad. But to get the right people to do it, that’s very important, as well as we will.” As we await further announcements, let the fantasy casting commence.