Amy Winehouse Biography ‘Return to Black Cast’ Marissa Abella; Moving On Focus – Deadline

except: Studiocanal’s coveted Amy Winehouse bundle Back to black It appears he has found a home as sources tell Deadline that Focus Features and Monumental Pictures are collaborating with Studiocanal on the new biopic of the Grammy-winning singer who tragically passed away in 2011. industry Marissa Abella is set to star as Winehouse, with Sam Taylor-Johnson on board.

Focus will distribute PIC in the US, with Universal Pictures International handling international distribution except for the UK, France, Germany, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, Scandinavia and Poland which Studiocanal will handle. Filming is scheduled to begin on Monday in London.

Deadline was the first to report that Studiocanal and Taylor-Johnson were moving forward with the movie over the summer, and Winehouse’s role quickly became one of his most coveted parts. While a number of actresses met, sources say Abella’s first audition stunned executives and Taylor-Johnson and put her in the driver’s seat to land the role. Once Abela was signed, the rides were made, with Focus aggressively moving into land distribution rights.

See our first look at Abela as the Winehouse below.

Marissa Abella as Amy Winehouse

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After Winehouse’s death, Hollywood has since attempted to tell her story with various projects in development, including one from Lotus Entertainment with Noomi Rapace attached to star. In the end, nothing moved forward. While the feature film is yet to go into production, the 2015 A24 Documentary Amy It was a huge success, and won an Academy Award. With Focus now on board, all signs point to this being the first pic she will likely make in front of fans with the full support of the Winehouse estate.

“My relationship with Amy began when I left college and was hanging out in the creatively diverse London borough of Camden,” said Taylor-Johnson. “I got a job at the legendary Coco Club, and I can still breathe in every market stall, antique shop and street… A few years later, Amy wrote her fiercely honest songs while living in Camden. As with me, it became part of her DNA.” I first saw her at the talent show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho and it was immediately apparent that she wasn’t just “talent”…she was genius. As a filmmaker, you couldn’t ask for more. I am thrilled and humbled to have this opportunity to tell a story “Amy’s unique, tragic, beautiful take on cinema is accompanied by the most important part of her legacy – her music. I am fully aware of the responsibility that, with my writing collaborator – Matt Greenhalgh – I will make a film that we will all love and cherish forever. Just like we do with Amy.”

Image captioned by GreenhalghAnd Writer reunion with Taylor Johnson After their collaboration Boy nowhere in 2009. Featuring several of Winehouse’s hit songs, Back to black It has the full support of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Publishing and Amy Winehouse Estate.

“We are thrilled that Studiocanal, Focus Features and Monumental have produced this film to celebrate our daughter’s exceptional musical legacy and showcase her talent in the way she deserves,” the company added.

Alison Owen and Debra Hayward From Monumental produces with Nicky Kentish-Barnes Executive production. Nina Gold leads the casting. EVP Global Production Ron Halpern and Senior Vice President, Global Production, Joe Naftalin Executive production and supervision of Studiocanal.

“It is our immense pleasure and privilege to make this film and bring it to audiences,” Halpern said Naftalin said. “We are incredibly grateful to our partners at The Amy Winehouse Estate, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Publishing for the opportunity to tell the story of Amy Winehouse using her extraordinary music – to our partners at Focus Features – and to our amazing director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and star Marisa Abella, and we are so excited to be working with them. Amy Winehouse was an unparalleled talent – and with our producing partners at Monumental Pictures, we will endeavor to make her proud with this film – and to create a music-driven event picture for audiences new and old that will make us all laugh and cry – and to truly celebrate Amy and her genius.”

Considered one of the greatest artists in modern history, Winehouse has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and today generates more than 80 million streams per month. her 2006 album Back to black It catapulted her to superstardom, and she earned a record-breaking five (at the time) Grammys including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the song “Rehab”. The movie will focus on Amy’s genius, creativity, and honesty that instilled everything she did. A journey that took her from the madness and color of 90s Camden High Street to universal admiration and back again, Shattering a pic through a celebrity’s glass to watch this journey from behind a mirror, to see what Amy saw, to feel what she felt.

Amy Winehouse is the greatest musical talent at 21St A century so far,” Owen said. “But like so many female icons, the tragedy of her death seems to obscure the triumph of her talent… The joy of juniors, the madness of Camden, her youth and her brilliance—we want to recapture that for her, with this film.” ”

said Kiska Higgs, Head of Productivity and Acquisitions at Focus. “We can’t wait to travel through Amy’s world and hear her voice through the wonderful Marisa Abella, and we look forward to reuniting with Sam and our friends at Monumental and Studiocanal.”

Taylor Johnson directed the 2015 blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Her additional credits include the John Lennon biopic Boy nowhere And a million little pieces, Both starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson. It is represented by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern.

Greenhalgh He is an award-winning screenwriter known for control About Joey Division frontman Ian Curtis, W Boy nowhere About Lennon’s Younger Years. It was nominated for a BAFTA in 2018 for Movie stars don’t die in Liverpool.

Abella burst onto the scene in the first season of the HBO-BBC Two banking drama industry, As the second season draws to a close; The series has been renewed for a third season. It also wrapped production Barbie, the Warner Bros. film adaptation of the live-action film directed by Greta Gerwig. She also has an IFC Films and AMC+ spy movie rogue customer, along with James Norton and Gemma Arterton. Abella starred in She Is Love, the improvisational romance from writer-director Jamie Adams, opposite Haley Bennett and Sam Riley. It is represented by WME and The Artists Partnership.

The deal has been closed by Anne Cherel, Aska Yamaguchi and Sophie Leuthreau for Studiocanal and Howard Meyers and Marin Babb for Focus Features.

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