She may have lost out on Mary Poppins, but if you start seeing Anne Hathaway strutting around in short shorts, a beehive hairdo, and a missing front tooth, you’ll know she has her eye on a new prize. Things must be getting a little tight in the Winehouse household because just days after the late Amy Winehouse’s dad, Mitch Winehouse, revealed he is pursuing a hologram concert of her that nobody asked for, there is now going to be a biopic of her life.
The Wrap says Amy’s family has inked a deal to put together a movie based on her life. Kinky Boots writer Geoff Deane will write the screenplay and be an executive producer. Alison Owen and Debra Hayward of Monumental Pictures will also produce the movie, which is expected to start filming sometime next year. Similar to the hologram concert, all proceeds from the movie will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which I’m still not entirely convinced is just a way for Mitch to pay himself a nice check for a weekend spell at the pub. Mitch made a big deal about how this thing is going to be a very British affair:
“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent, and we know through the Amy Winehouse Foundation that the true story of her illness can help so many others who might be experiencing similar issues. With Alison and Debra we have found fantastic British producers who understand what Amy meant to people, alongside an illustrious history of bringing amazing female driven stories to the big screen.”
The Sun, however, may have dashed the dreams of my silly Anne idea – and definitely Lady Gaga, who Mitch says doesn’t talk the right way to carefully enunciate, “BLAAAAAAAAAKE!”
“It wouldn’t be Lady Gaga. She doesn’t speak our kind of English. I wouldn’t mind betting it would be an unknown, young, English — London, Cockney — actress who looks a bit like Amy.”
Luckily, Mitch won’t get THAT much of a say on the movie, so it should be better than a 50 Shades Of Grey movie, but I guess he will get some say in who gets it. Emily Blunt is using a cockney accent in Mary Poppins, so wouldn’t it just be a HOOT if she got this, too? I mean, Anne might combust to the point of a 9 on the Richter Scale, but shit happens!