One of the most famously troubled mega-stars in the history of pop music is getting the biopic treatment, with the life of Amy Winehouse providing no shortage of material for director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Titled Back to Black, the film is, according to Deadline, being made with the blessing of Winehouse’s estate. After rocketing to fame with the throwback-soul album Back to Black in 2006, the singer became as famous for her struggles with drugs and alcohol as she did for her music. She would eventually die in 2011 at age 27.
Taylor-Johnson has a hit-making track record as the director behind the 50 Shades of Grey franchise. Matt Greenhalgh (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) is writing the script.
The search for the lead for Back to Black will begin in the coming weeks. And just saying, but, um, if Anya Taylor-Joy isn’t already considered a shoe-in, someone isn’t doing their job.
This isn’t the first time that Hollywood has attempted to bring the Winehouse story to the big screen.
In the middle of last decade a film which was to star Noomi Rapace never got off the ground. In 2015, meanwhile, a Winehouse retrospective titled Amy took home an Academy Award for best documentary.