Whitney Houston was a tremendously talented musician, who also had a tumultuous, trouble life. That gifted life came to an abrupt end when she died in 2012 at the age of 48 due to what is listed as an accidental drowning. She has the kind of legend that lends itself to the big screen treatment, and now that will come to fruition, as there is now an official documentary in the works by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald, and it comes with the blessing of Houston’s estate.
This is not the only Houston documentary in the works, but the other is being made by Nick Broomfield, who made Kurt and Courtney and Biggie and Tupac, and it has no support from Houston’s family. This film is being made by a director who won an Oscar for Best Documentary for his film One Day in September, so it seems like it has the chance to be particularly worthwhile, especially because Houston’s story is so complex. Also, because she made a lot of beloved music, including seven songs to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
“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,” said Macdonald, who also added that the movie will not “shy away from the darker parts of Whitney’s life.”
In 2012, Macdonald made a documentary about Bob Marley, so if you want to get a sense of what this film might be like, you could check that out.
(Via Rolling Stone)