Amy Winehouse: Director of upcoming biopic revealed

Los Angeles, California - Eleven years after the death of Amy Winehouse, a new biopic about the British singer's life is in the works.

Beloved British singer Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27.
Beloved British singer Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27.  © JEFF PACHOUD / AFP

The UK's Sam Taylor-Johnson (55) will direct the film for production company Studiocanal, Deadline reported. She is best known for the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson (32) and Jamie Dornan (40).

"This is a dream movie to helm. I'm ready, let's go...," Taylor-Johnson wrote on Instagram.

The script for the planned feature, titled Back to Black, is by Matt Greenhalgh, who previously wrote the script for Taylor-Johnson's feature debut, Nowhere Boy (2009), about the young John Lennon.

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Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27 after struggling with drug and alcohol problems for years.

The acclaimed singer, famous for her powerful voice, bold lyrics, and signature updo, won several Grammys during her short but influential career.

In 2015, British director Asif Kapadia made an Oscar-winning documentary about Winehouse's life. Last year, the BBC also released a documentary about the musician's life, narrated by her mother.

It's not yet clear who will play Winehouse in Back to Black, but according to AV Club, this production has the backing of the late singer's father, Mitch.

Cover photo: JEFF PACHOUD / AFP

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