Universal Music and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia are teaming to bring the story of Amy Winehouse‘s life and career to the big screen.
With help from Focus Features International, a division within the Universal empire, the filmmaker and company are set to shop the high profile project to foreign buyers at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Take a look at what they had to say below:
“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.
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.”
Amy Winehouse rose to international fame after the release of her second studio album Back to Black, which spawned the big hit single Rehab, which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #13 on the US Pop Songs chart.
To date, the album has sold a total of 2.4 million copies in the United States, and 20 million worldwide.
The English singer died in the summer of 2011 due to alcohol poisoning.
The untitled Winehouse doc reunites Kapadia with producer James Gay-Rees; they worked together on the 2010 award-winning doc Senna, which recounts the life and death of Brazilian car-racing champion Ayrton Senna. Thoughts?