Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct Amy Winehouse Biopic E! News UK
The “Fifty Shades of Grey” filmmaker will helm the Studiocanal film, which was written by Taylor-Johnson’s “Nowhere Boy” collaborator Matt Greenhalgh.
As reported by Variety, the director – who was close friends with Amy before her tragic death at the age of 27 in 2011 – wants a newcomer to play the late singer.
The film is said to have the full backing of her father Mitch Winehouse, who starred in the 2021 BBC documentary “Reclaiming Amy” to mark 10 years since her death.
Studiocanal will produce with Alison Owen and Debra Hayward alongside Tracey Seaward.
Owen and Hayward have been attached to a biopic about Amy’s life for years now, with the Winehouse estate first signing a deal for the film in 2018.
An earlier script was originally penned by “Kinky Boots” scribe Geoff Deane, but now Greenhalgh – who wrote “Control” about the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis – is on board.
Four years ago, Mitch rejected the idea of Lady Gaga signing on to play his late daughter, and he admitted he would be happy for an ‘unknown’ actress to take on the role, while he wants the portrayal be honest.
He previously said: “I wouldn’t mind betting it would be an unknown young actress, English – London, cockney – who looks a bit like Amy.
“What we want is for someone to represent Amy as she was…the funny, brilliant, charming, awful person that she was.
“There’s no point in me doing the movie because I’m his dad. But getting the right people to do it is very important, and we will.”
Before her death, Amy – best known for hits like ‘Rehab’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and her rendition of The Zutons’ ‘Valerie’ – released the albums ‘Frank’ and ‘Back To Black’, with the latter winning his six Grammy Awards.