A new Whitney Houston documentary will be developed. Reportedly, her estate has given the green light and oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald will direct the project. Macdonald said in a statement,
The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures, she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years. She changed the way pop music was sung — bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don’t traditionally sell.
The film, which does not have a title yet, will offer the “unvarnished and authentic” story of Houston’s life, from her early days singing in her church’s gospel choir to her astounding success as a global pop star, which included a string of seven straight Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones.
The film will include interviews with Houston’s friends, family and collaborators, including famed record executive Clive Davis, who helped launch the singer’s career. It will also feature never-before-seen footage of Houston, as well as demo recordings and rare performances from her archives.
The docu will also address “the darker parts of Whitney’s life,” touching on drug abuse and her marriage to Bobby Brown.
Whitney died on February 11, after being found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PST. Later, it was reported the cause of Houston’s death was drowning and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”. The office stated the amount of cocaine found in Houston’s body indicated that she used the substance shortly before her death. Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system: diphenhydramine, alprazolam, cannabis and cyclobenzaprine. The manner of death was listed as an “accident”. [Rolling Stone]