Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black set to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson

A biopic of Amy Winehouse is coming to the big screen.

Studiocanal is set to make Back to Black, a film about the late singer that’s reportedly being made with the support of the Winehouse family.

It’ll be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, according to Deadlinewho first reported the news. The director previously worked on the 2015 box-office smash Fifty Shades of Grey and the 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy. 

The script has been written by Matt Greenhalgh, who previously collaborated with Taylor-Johnson when he wrote the screenplay for Nowhere Boy.

The film is expected to trace the life and career of the six-time Grammy-winning superstar whose highly acclaimed vocal talents resulted in multiple hit records including Rehab and the film’s namesake, Back to Black. She publicly struggled with addiction and died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, at the age of 27.

A biopic has been years in the making, as the Winehouse estate reportedly signed a deal to make the film in 2018.

This will be the first Winehouse biopic, but there have been a number of previous film projects about the singer. Those include director Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning 2015 documentary Amy and the BBC’s 2021 documentary Reclaiming Amy, which marked the 10th anniversary of the singer’s death.

Back to Black is now moving into the casting process.


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