Magazine article Screen International

Whitney Houston Doc Heads to Cannes Marché

Magazine article Screen International

Whitney Houston Doc Heads to Cannes Marché

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Marley director Kevin Macdonald is to take on another transcendent musical icon in the shape of US singer Whitney Houston.

The documentary is the first to be officially authorised by Houston's estate since her death in 2012 and will be produced by Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man On Wire) and his Lightbox Media partner Jonathan Chinn (Fantastic Lies) with former executive producer of Oprah Lisa Erspamer.

Altitude Film Sales will introduce buyers to the project in Cannes, with Altitude's distribution arm handling the UK theatrical release. Altitude's Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall will executive produce.

According to the production, Macdonald has been given the estate's blessing to tell the unvarnished story of the singer's life in a film that is due to examine both the highs and lows of her dramatic career and personal life.

Macdonald will also interview Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records and currently chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, who is played a key role in bringing Houston to prominence.

With more than 200 million album sales worldwide, and remaining the only artist to chart seven consecutive US No. …

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