Amy Winehouse documentary in the works
Amy Winehouse's legacy continues.
The English singer, who died at age 27 of accidental alcohol poisoning, is set to be remembered with a documentary that will bring the story of her life and career to the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Universal Music is teaming with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia for the project, which is set to be shopped to foreign buyers at next month's Cannes Film Market.
"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," Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees explained. "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," the pair continued. "As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us."
Kapadia and Gay-Rees collaborated to create the sport documentary, "Senna," in 2010. Winehouse's father, Mitch, took to his Twitter account to express his excitement for the upcoming project.
"New Amy documentary from 'Senna' film makers will be superb," Mitch Winehouse Tweeted. "We are all very excited. Mitch."
Winehouse gained popularity with her 2006 album, "Back to Black," which sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned her six Grammy nominations and five wins. The soul singer, who battled substance abuse for years, was found dead at her home in Camden, a popular artists' neighborhood in London, on July 23, 2011. Empty vodka bottles were scattered around her. The cause of her death was then ruled to be accidental alcohol poisoning.
"Asif and James have the remarkable ability to bring a moving and thought-provoking story to life, as evidenced by Senna," Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Interntational said. "We look forward to seeing their vision of Amy Winehouse."
In July 2012, the late singer's father, Mitch, published her official biography. The book, "Amy, My Daughter," tells the story of Winehouse's life, struggles and shares personal notes and drawings. The book is available on Amazon.
Beyonce recently covered the late singer's hit song, "Back to Black," for the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film, "The Great Gatsby." She collaborated with rapper Andre 3000 for the track, which features a heavy bass beat and a distorted version of the "Crazy In Love" performer's voice.
Winehouse's father seems to approve of the remake, posting on Twitter: "I like Beyonces cover and have no probs. monies received will help lots of kids. She can do another cover if she wants. We need the money!"
The late singer's father created The Amy Winehouse Foundation upon her passing in September 2011. The foundation seeks to "inform and educate young people about the effects of drug and alcohol misuse" as well as "provide support for those most vulnerable," according to its website.