The story of Emmy winner Amy Winehouse is a story as old as the hills in Hollywood, but it is a tale that is about to be told on screen. The Winehouse estate has named Sam Taylor-Johnson as their pick for the director of an Amy Winehouse biopic entitled Back to Black, written by Matt Greenhalgh. Taylor-Johnson also helmed the first picture in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. Taylor-Johnson’s other features include Nowhere Boy and A Million Little Pieces. Studiocanal is producing the picture alongside Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, alongside Tracey Seaward. Exact plot details are scarce, but the casting process is officially soon to be underway in their search for someone who can play the enigmatic singer.
The Grammy-winning artist is most known for her sophomore album Back to Black, which included chart-dominating records such as “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good.” The singer, who battled drug and alcohol addiction, died at age 27 from alcohol poisoning.
Back to Black is not the first on screen depiction of the singer’s life. Winehouse’s life and death was the muse for Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, which was awarded Best Documentary Feature Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. There was also a 2021 BBC documentary Reclaiming Amy, which marked a decade since the singer’s death.