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Amy Winehouse is the subject of another Hollywood project

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It seems everywhere we look these days a music biopic lay waiting in the wings. As I write this, Elvis is out in theatres and Julia Garner has been tapped for the role of an onscreen Madonna. The only difference here is, the subject of a new project by director Sam Taylor-Johnson has received the Hollywood treatment once before. In fact, in the past decade since Amy Winehouse – the queen of ballet flats and beehives – tragically died, there has been a handful of studios attempting (and failing) to dig into the artist's life. With the Oscar-winning documentary Amy from A24, being the only that's succeeded.


The new film, currently titled Back to Black, is set to cinematically reimagine Amy Winehouse's swift rise to fame and the turbulent years that followed, up until her death from alcohol poisoning in 2011. However, according to Deadline, her music and many achievements will be focused on over the darker subjects covered in 2015 documentary Amy.

The best thing about Back to Black is that Sam Taylor-Johnson, who was a close friend of Amy's, sought out and received permission from the musician's estate, i.e. her father Mitch, before making the film.


In the past, actress Noomi Rapace was tapped for the role of Amy in an abandoned project from Lotus Entertainment but at this stage, no cast members have been announced. Although we do know that those working on the project are currently on the lookout for an Amy. Preferably, a "relative newcomer" explained Sam Taylor-Johnson, or as Winehouse's father Mitch put it, "an unknown, young, English—London, cockney—actress who looks a bit like Amy".

Release Date

Considering that Back to Black is in the early stages of development, there's no word on a premiere date yet. Watch this space as more information inevitably trickles out.

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