*A theatrical feature documentary about the life of Whitney Houston is in the works from director Kevin Macdonald, an Oscar winner for the 1999 doc “One Day in September.”
It’s the first documentary to be officially authorized by her estate, and will include an interview with Clive Davis, who signed Houston to his Arista Records in 1983.
“With unprecedented access to friends, family and collaborators, some of whom have never told their side of the story, Macdonald’s documentary will tell the complete story of Houston’s life from the point of view of those who knew her best,” according to Variety.
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 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 added: “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.”