Amy Winehouse's Father Opposes Biopic

Says 'We’d never allow the songs to be released'

December 12, 2011 6:30 PM ET
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse's father Mitch Winehouse, brother Alex Winehouse and former boyfriend Reg Traviss look at floral tributes left at her house by fans.
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Amy Winehouse’s father has vowed to keep his daughter’s life off the big screen.

Today, Mitch Winehouse told Britain’s Daily Mail that he will oppose a tentative biopic about his troubled daughter, one that may involve Amy’s ex-boyfriend, filmmaker Reg Traviss. Winehouse cited his authority as the copyright holder of his daughter’s catalog, insisting, “It would hardly be a biopic without the music, and we’d never allow the songs to be released.”

Last week, Traviss told Britain’s Mirror that a biographical film of the troubled soul diva was “inevitable,” although he said he declined involvement in the project. Mitch Winehouse has his own projects in the pipeline: the taxi driver has signed a deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir, with proceeds benefiting the Amy Winehouse Foundation for victims of substance abuse and disadvantaged children.

Proceeds of Lioness, Winehouse’s posthumous album of previously unreleased material, also went to the foundation.

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