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New Whitney Houston documentary to include unreleased (and estate approved) recordings

KC Orcutt

 // Mar 10, 2018

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Whitney Houston's story will be told in the form of a long-awaited documentary, and one that has officially been approved by her estate.

As reported, the film, titled Whitney, will hit theaters this summer and is slated for a July 6 release. In addition to announcing the official premiere date, it has also been confirmed that the Houston Estate has also approved the use of "previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and a capellas of some of the late singer's greatest hits."

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"It makes me feel, and the thing that's most important is that it makes other people feel."

Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has taken the wheel for the project, with the legendary singer's estate granting him full access to Houston's vast archives, including home movie footage.

"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?" Macdonald shared in a statement, speaking on his creative process. "I was lucky enough to have the support of Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston estate in this quest. 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."

Patricia Houston, the manager and executor of Houston's estate, also gave her personal blessing.

"To tell Whitney's story, you have to know her story," Houston shared in a statement. "We could not be more excited that Whitney's fans will have this authoritative and definitive documentary chronicling the full arc or her career and the scope of Whitney's entire life. This is an amazing retrospective that celebrates Whitney with never-before-seen footage and Kevin approaches her life with no blinders on. He captures all of Whitney's magic, and he does not ignore the hard times. This is a film that will truly thrill all who knew and loved her as a musician, actress, model and so much more."

In 2017, the film Whitney: Can I Be Me was released, focusing on the singer's career and eventual downfall. The Houston estate publicly denounced the documentary last year after it aired on Showtime.

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