An Amy Winehouse Biopic Won't Include Her Music

3:32 PM PST 12/13/2011 by Michael O'Connell
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The late singer's father, who owns the copyright to her catalog, says he'll never license the songs to any film about her.

Amy Winehouse has been back in the news with the release and chart domination of her posthumous collection of songs, Lioness: Hidden Treasures.

The interest has prompted news that Winehouse's ex-boyfriend, Reg Traviss, has been approached to produce a biopic about the late singer's tumultuous life -- something her father doesn't want to see come to fruition.

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Mitch Winehouse, who owns the copyright to his daughter's music, tells the Daily Mail he wouldn't approve their use in any film made about her.

"It would hardly be a biopic without the music," he said, "and we’d never allow the songs to be released."

A book, however, is fair game.

HarperCollins acquired Amy, My Daughter from Mitch Winehouse in October.

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One of the key differences between that and any film, as he sees it, is that he'll have control over where the profits will go. All proceeds from the book will go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation.

"I want to raise as much money as possible for Amy’s foundation," Winehouse said in a release at the time of the deal, "so all proceeds from the book will go directly to help children who are disadvantaged through illness and substance addiction."

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