Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald Directing First Authorized Whitney Houston Documentary

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 6: Whitney Houston performing at Paris Bercy concert hall on June 6, 1998 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 6: Whitney Houston performing at Paris Bercy concert hall on June 6, 1998 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

The theatrical release is the first documentary to be authorized by the late singer’s estate

Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald is bringing the world one step closer to telling Whitney Houston’s story, as EW can confirm that film distributor Altitude is working with the director on a feature-length documentary that will delve into the late pop icon’s life.

Altitude, who released last year’s Oscar-winning music documentary Amy, has planned a theatrical release of the film for 2017. The untitled project is the first documentary to be officially approved by Houston’s estate since her death in 2012, and will include interviews with Houston’s family, friends and collaborators, including Clive Davis, the founder and president of Arista Records largely credited with aiding Houston’s rise to prominence.

The film will not shy away from depicting Houston’s struggles with addiction, aiming to present an “unvarnished” look at the highs and lows of her life. “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 — 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 said of Houston, whose career of 200 million worldwide album sales inspired a generation of singers from Mariah Carey to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.

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SOURCE: EW – Joey Nolfi