This is big news!!
The first ever documentary on Whitney Houston that is being officially authorized by her estate is in the works, with Kevin Macdonald at the helm set to direct!
The filmmaker has apparently been given “unprecedented” levels of access to Whitney’s closest family and friends, alongside hours and hours of never before seen video from the singer’s life, from childhood all the way through stardom.
The film is also set to include an interview with Clive Davis, the founder and head honcho at Arista Records and one of the chief execs at Sony‘s music label, who is widely regarded as the man who first brought Houston on to the national scene.
Macdonald, who has already won an Oscar for the powerful terrorism documentary One Day In September, said of his motivation centering on Whitney in the project:
“The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years. She changed the way pop music was sung ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don’t traditionally sell.”
Macdonald also added more about what we should expect in the film, and it already sounds very powerful:
“We have access to never-before-seen footage of Whitney that charts her whole life from her beginnings singing in her Church’s gospel choir to the day of her tragic death at the age of 48, and three decades of her music including exclusive demo recordings, rare performances and audio archive. Although we won’t shy away from the darker parts of Whitney’s life ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ her descent into addiction ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I want audiences to walk out of the cinema and feel positive about Whitney and her music. I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget.”
With that much access, and such a strong director and team of producers backing it, this should be a must-see doc for fans of the late superstar singer.
No date has been set yet for a release, but rest assured it’ll be a big deal as that gets closer — we can’t wait to see the finished product! Whitney’s life story done right!!
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