It was only a matter of time before the late singer Amy Winehouse got the biopic treatment. A number of Hollywood producers are in talks 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 her dad Mitch Winehouse. Barak even accompanied Winehouse on a trip to Caribbean Island St. Lucia and also took care of her while she was hospitalized in England. Barak turned the book into a documentary for the UK’s Channel 4. Now her life is to get the big-screen treatment like Ray Charles' biopic “Ray” or Johnny Cash's story in “Walk The Line.”
“There’s no screenplay and there isn’t a director yet, and any film is still a long way off,” adds the source.
However, some producers are interested. Teresa Ross, one of the producers of the Margaret Thatcher film, “The Iron Lady” has been interested in producing the film and is in talks with ICM agent Jeff Berg with help in developing the film.
Amy’s story is very compelling. She started out as a bright eyed star with an unique voice who was swallowed up by fame, became addicted to heavy drugs, married Blake Felder-Civil and ultimately died because of her addiction to alcohol which sadly was source of all her problems and the source of her fame.
Since Amy’s death, talks of a biopic have been rumored. According to a source talking to The Daily Star, Lady Gaga has been vying for the role of Winehouse in any biopic.
“Lady Gaga worshiped Amy and would love nothing more than to transform herself into her idol on the big screen. She’d be spot on performing Amy’s songs and has got the right look and bolshy attitude. Gaga’s been itching to make the transition from music into movies and sees this as the ideal role to launch her film career,” says the source.
Let’s hope Lady Gaga doesn’t get that role, as her fame would overshadow the point of the film, which is to tell Amy Winhouse’s story and not to launch Lady Gaga’s film career. Also, remember when J.Lo starred in “Selena” and Mariah Carey did “Glitter”? Music to acting career crossovers never end well for anyone involved.