Official Whitney Houston Documentary Coming Soon
Kevin MacDonald, who won an Oscar for his film One Day in September, is set to direct the theatrical feature documentary about the life of singer Whitney Houston. It is the first such project to be officially authorized by the singer’s estate since her death in 2012.
The film will be produced by Simon Chinn, one of the men behind last year’s Amy Winehouse documentary, and will reportedly feature interviews with Clive Davis, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and more. The “unvarnished and authentic” project will be introduced to buyers in Cannes, and will reportedly not shy away from the darker side of Whitney’s life.
Via press release, MacDonald said “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 fifty years. She changed the way pop music was sung- 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 went on to add, “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 — her descent into addiction — 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.”