Amy Winehouse Biopic, Based on 'Saving Amy' Book, in the Works

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday September 6, 2021
Originally published on September 2, 2021

Amy Winehouse in her "Back to Black" music video."
Amy Winehouse in her "Back to Black" music video."  (Source:YouTube Still)

Amy Winehouse's storied rise and fall as one of the most talented and troubled musicians of her time is getting the biopic treatment, reported the Hollywood Reporter.

Halcyon Studios is set to produce the project with material taken from Daphne Barak's 2010 book "Saving Amy," about filming the British singer before her death in 2011. Barak will also executive produce the film.

"The book is based on six months of filming — comprising 40 hours of footage, exclusive photos and notes — that Barak completed with Winehouse and her family in the last three years of her life," writes THR.

In a statement about the biopic project, Halcyon Studio CEO David Ellender shared: "Our team is honored to be working on this project. Although her career was cut far too short, Amy was the voice of a generation, and we look forward to telling her story in the most poignant way possible."

Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27, tying her legacy into the infamous "The 27 Club" of performers who died prematurely at 27, including Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones.

Upon her death, Winehouse's last album "Back to Black" continued to sell and "became the U.K.'s second-best-selling album of the 21st century with more than 20 million copies sold to date," THR reports.