Kevin MacDonald, who won an Oscar for his film One Day in September, is set to direct the theatrical feature documentary about the life of singer Whitney Houston. It is the first such project to be officially authorized by the singer’s estate since her death in 2012.
Whitney Houston is joining the growing ranks of late entertainers to get the documentary treatment, with the British banner behind the acclaimed Oscar-winning Amy set to introduce the film to buyers in Cannes next month.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter had long been working on a project centered around the singer known to many simply as "The Voice" — will helm the as-yet-untitled "official" film, which was announced Thursday.
Macdonald won an Oscar in 2000 for One Day in September, directed The Last King of Scotland and underlined his music-doc credentials with 2012's critically acclaimed Marley. He is working on the Houston project with fellow Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn, behind both Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man.