Amy Winehouse is gone, but not forgotten. The legendary Back to Black artist, who died at age 27 in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, lives on through her music, as well as the upcoming documentary, "Amy."
A24 has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to "Amy," directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, about Amy Winehouse's early years, her immediate interest in music, and her rise to stardom — a rise that did not seem to agree with her, based on what she says in this haunting new trailer:
"I don't think I'm going to be at all famous," we hear Winehouse say, over a montage of images of Amy contrasted with the flashing lights of fame. "I don't think I could handle it. I would probably go mad, do you know what I mean? I would go mad."
In a statement on the film's official Facebook page, Gay-Rees and Kapadia describe of "Amy": "This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can."
"Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone's attention; she wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell," their statement continues. "But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and her precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us."
No specific release date has been announced for the U.S., but expect to see the arrival of "Amy" some time this summer.