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An Amy Winehouse biopic with Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson is in the works

Back to Black could soon enter production.

July 11, 2022
An Amy Winehouse biopic with <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> director Sam Taylor-Johnson is in the works Amy Winehouse. Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images.  

A biopic on the life of Amy Winehouse could soon enter production, Deadline and Variety report, with director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey). The film is currently titled Back To Black and is written by Matt Greenhalgh.

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Crucially, the new film has the support of Amy Winehouse's estate. Mitchell Winehouse, Amy's father, has reportedly signed off on the film. Variety reports that the film is currently in its casting stages with Taylor-Johnson hoping to cast "a relative newcomer" in the lead role.

A biopic based on the life of Winehouse has been gestating for years, beginning in 2015. In 2018, Mitchell Winehouse said that production on the film would begin the following year, though it never occurred.

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Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27. She released two highly-regarded studio albums, Frank and Back To Black. 2015 saw the release of Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary feature despite criticism from Mitchell Winehouse.

Revisit Winehouse's 2007 GEN F profile here.

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An Amy Winehouse biopic with Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson is in the works