EXCLUSIVE: Production is underway on a documentary about Whitney Houston, which is able to discover the long-lasting singer earlier than she turned a world famous person.
Whitney Houston In Focus, directed and produced by Benjamin Alfonsi, is predicated on an upcoming e-book on Houston by photographer Bette Marshall, who met the long run sensation when Houston was an unknown 18-year-old, earlier than she signed her file cope with Clive Davis and Arista Records.
Audra McDonald, the Emmy, Grammy and six-time Tony-winning actress and singer, will narrate the documentary and function govt producer.
“Whitney Houston is an artist I worshipped from the moment I first heard her sing. Her voice was simply miraculous and her artistry was perfection,” McDonald mentioned. “We all witnessed her superstardom, and I’m honored to help tell this part of Whitney’s story, before it all began.”
Marshall will function within the documentary, described as a “cinematic photo story of a photographer and her young muse.” Marshall, whose photographic topics have included Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela, gained a singular perspective on Houston as she went from New Jersey teenager to one of many top-selling recording artists in historical past.
“[Marshall] was given unprecedented access by the Houston family to document Whitney’s rise to fame,” in line with a launch. “Over the subsequent years, Marshall’s camera followed the young singer to early auditions and recording sessions, and even to church.”
Whitney Houston in Focus is being produced by Cinergistik, previously Metabook Entertainment. Ken Siman and Christian Alfonsi will function co-executive producers on the movie.
Marshall’s e-book, titled Young Whitney, can be launched in February 2022, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of Houston’s surprising loss of life on February 11, 2012. Houston was discovered unconscious in her room on the Beverly Hilton Hotel, simply hours earlier than she was on account of seem at Davis’s annual pre-Grammy occasion.
The e-book, Davis mentioned, “captures all the beauty, promise and love of life that was indeed Whitney when I first met her.” The Grammy Museum will initially be the unique vendor of the hardback version of Young Whitney.
The tentative launch date for the documentary is early 2022. Distribution plans can be revealed at a later date. Several documentaries have been made about Houston following her loss of life, together with the 2017 movie Whitney: Can I Be Me, directed by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal. But Whitney Houston in Focus is the primary that can “reveal rare photos and personal stories of an up-and-coming Whitney Houston.”