From Vogue By Patricia Garcia: A new Whitney Houston documentary, the first officially approved by her estate, is now in the works and will explore the highs and lows of the late singer’s life. The film will be directed by Kevin Macdonald, who helmed The Last King of Scotland and Marley, and won an Academy Award in 2000 for One Day in September, which examined the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. The documentary, which is reportedly aiming to find backers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, will feature interviews with several of Houston’s friends and family, including Clive Davis, who is credited with making her into an international superstar.
Macdonald told The Hollywood Reporter that his film would take a detailed look into Houston’s full story, unlike the Angela Bassett–directed 2015 Lifetime movie, Whitney, which purposefully left out many of the controversial portions of the artist’s life. “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,” Macdonald said.
The director maintained, however, that the tragedy of Houston’s story will not be the focus of the film. “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.”
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