Halcyon Studios is set to produce a biopic based on the life of Amy Winehouse after it optioned Daphne Barak’s 2010 book Saving Amy.
The book is based on six months of filming — comprising 40 hours of footage, exclusive photos and notes — that Barak completed with Winehouse and her family in the last three years of her life. Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.
After her death, her album Back to Black continued to sell and has since become the U.K.’s second-best-selling album of the 21st century with more than 20 million copies sold to date. Despite her international success, Winehouse’s personal life was volatile and one filled with drug and alcohol use and an abusive relationship with her boyfriend-turned-husband Blake Fielder-Civil.
Winehouse became a member of the infamous “The 27 Club” after Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones inadvertently founded it in the 1970 when they all died one after other in a short period of time.
“Our team is honored to be working on this project. Although her career was cut far too short, Amy was the voice of a generation and we look forward to telling her story in the most poignant way possible,” Halcyon Studio CEO David Ellender said in a statement.
Barak will executive produce the film, which follows other films about Winehouse, including Amy, the A24 documentary by director Asif Kapadia that premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Barak also turned her vast interview library, including her conversations with Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and others into collectible NFTs, with the NFT marketing company OG2D.