After Amy Winehouse's untimely passing over the summer, many assumed that there would definitely be a biopic about her life. Films like "Ray," "Selena" and "Walk The Line" all were successful flicks that served to honor and immortalize their music subjects, so an eventual biopic about Amy Winehouse's life seemed like an appropriate and a good idea.
However, Amy's dad Mitch Winehouse says that will never happen.
Even with her successful posthumous album, her dad says that he owns the rights to all her music and doesn't want them to be used in any film. He told the UK Daily Mail that he will "never allow the songs to be released."
Technically there could be a film about her life, it just won’t have any Winehouse music in it, and what's the point of that? Or to quote Mitch Winehouse, "It would hardly be a biopic without the music."
Winehouse's ex-boyfriend Reg Traviss is a filmmaker and has reportedly been in talks to produce a biopic about Amy's life. Also, last month a number of Hollywood producers wanted to buy the rights to the Amy Winehouse biography book, “Saving Amy.”
“Several Hollywood producers are considering buying the screen rights to a book about the hugely gifted, but fatally flawed, North London singer,” a source tells the Daily Mail.
The book they are referring to was written by journalist Daphne Barak, who became good friends with Winehouse, her ex-husband Blake Felder-Civil, and Amy's dad. Barak turned the Amy Winehouse biography into a documentary for the UK’s Channel 4.
“There’s no screenplay and there isn’t a director yet, and any film is still a long way off,” adds the Daily Mail source.
However, one of those interested producers is Teresa Ross, one of the producers of the Margaret Thatcher film, “The Iron Lady” which stars Meryl Streep. Ross has been interested in producing the film and is in talks with ICM agent Jeff Berg with help in developing the film.
Well, sadly without the music, none of those plans will materialize.
Mitch Winehouse does have plans to release a book about Amy. He is describing the book as a "heartfelt and revelatory memoir," and has already signed a deal with HarperCollins. And like most other endeavors in Amy's name, all proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was launched on the anniversary of her 28th birthday.
Talking about the Amy Winehouse foundation, her dad says, "Do you know how many kids will benefit form that money?"
"The plan is to help all children - not just rehabilitation, not just substance abuse. It's to help all children in need," Mitch said back in August.