Showtime Documentary Films announced that the company has started the production of a new film exploring the incredible career and complicated life of Whitney Houston.
Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the most successful female recording artists of all time and the new documentary will focus on her life on and off the stage. After a troubled marriage to singer Bobby Brown and many years of struggles with addiction, Houston died a tragic death at the age of 48.
Produced, directed and narrated by acclaimed BAFTA Award winner Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Tales of the Grim Sleeper), the film, which will shoot in Los Angeles, will talk to the key people in Houston’s life to create an indelible portrait of the artist.
The project joins an esteemed list of documentaries under the Showtime Documentary Films banner that focus on the lives and legacies of culture-defining figures. With behind-the-scenes materials, candid interviews and performance footage, including many of Houston’s greatest hits, this film will offer a raw and uncensored look at Houston and explore the impact her life and death had on the people around her and on the world of music.
“Nick is a bold storyteller with an acclaimed track record of provocative documentary filmmaking,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Senior Vice President, Documentary and Unscripted Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “Showtime Documentary Films is thrilled to partner with him on this project, as he delves deep into the life of Whitney Houston to tell the real story behind the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic singers.”