Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Exclusive UPDATE: Whitney Houston Official Doc Coming from Oscar Winner Kevin MacDonald and “Sugar Man” Team

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As I surmised the other day, and SCOOPED– the official Whitney Houston documentary will be directed by Kevin MacDonald, Oscar winner for “One Day in September.”

The producers, I am told, are the folks behind “Searching for Sugar Man” Simon and Jonathan Chinn. Distribution in the UK has already been set up with Altitude, the company behind the “Amy” documentary. That’s a lot of Oscar winners involved.

I told you that Showtime is working on their own unauthorized documentary on Whitney, from Nick Broomfield. The Houston insiders on this are asking friends and associates of Whitney to not cooperate with that film. So far most Whitney associates are sticking with the authorized version. Clive Davis is one of them.

The big question is whether the MacDonald film will really get into what happened to Whitney as she descended into drugs. At one point she was living in a crack house in Atlanta with a former pop star. The landlord had to evict them. The summer before she died, she went on an international tour, and lost her voice completely. If MacDonald can get into those crevices, he’ll have a real movie.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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