Whitney Houston’s life and legacy will be the subject of an upcoming documentary by award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the project, simply titled Whitney, is the “only film officially supported by the late singer’s estate.” It is expected to provide a definitive look at the legendary singer’s personal and private life. The feature-length documentary will include unreleased recordings, never-before-seen home movie footage, as well as videos of live performances.
Macdonald—the man behind projects like Being Mick, Marley, and the Oscar-winning One Day in September—opened up about his intention behind the project as well as working with Houston’s estate, family, and friends.
“I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story; why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully? I was lucky enough to have the support of Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston estate in this quest,” he said in a statement. “They entrusted me with the ‘keys to the vault’ while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went. At heart, Whitney is an intimate family story that reveals a new side to a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew.”
Miramax and Roadside Attractions will release Whitney to theaters in the U.S. and U.K. on July 6.
The film will debut more than six years after Houston was found unresponsive in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office concluded the singer died of accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. Since her passing, Houston has been the subject of several film projects, including the Lifetime movie Whitney and Showtime’s TV documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me.