Friday, November 18, 2011

Who’ll play tragic Amy?

Amy Winehouse’s extraordinary life, and death, could be made into a sensational film.
Several Hollywood producers are considering buying the screen rights to a book about the hugely gifted, but fatally flawed, North London singer.
There’s no screenplay and there isn’t a director yet, and any film is still a long way off. But there is a tome called Saving Amy, written last year by celebrity journalist Daphne Barak, who also made a documentary of the same name for Channel 4. It details Barak’s friendship with Amy and how she accompanied her to St Lucia and kept on eye on her while she was “resting” at various hospitals in England. Barak also befriended Winehouse’s ex Blake Fielder-Civil and her father Mitch.
If the right calibre of script writer can be found to turn Ms Barak’s jottings into a decent screenplay, and an A-list director hired to direct, then there might be hope for such a project. But the most important factor is to find an actress to portray Winehouse.
It should be someone who can sing and act and she would need to be someone with spirit, energy and talent, not some nobody from some TV talent show and certainly not Lady Gaga - that would be a travesty.
David Hare pointed out the other night, at a fabulous tribute to Vanessa Redgrave hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that actors are vital contributors to any movie, often more vital than the director. Such a person is needed for the Winehouse film.
I gather that Tessa Ross from Film4, one of the executive producers of the Margaret Thatcher film The Iron Lady, and Jeff Berg from ICM in Los Angeles are in talks about the Winehouse film and how to develop it.
- Daily Mail

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