A new Whitney Houston documentary is under production, the new documentary will explore the singer’s rise to fame.
Whitney Houston In Focus will be directed by Benjamin Alfonsi and is based on a book about Houston written by photographer Better Marshall.
Marshall met Houston when she was only 18 years old and had not signed her deal with Clive Davis or Arista Records yet.
Unlike previous documentaries made about Houston, Whitney Houston in Focus will “reveal rare photos and personal stories of an up-and-coming Whitney Houston.”
Award-winning singer, Audra McDonald, will be narrating the documentary as well as serving as executive 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. We all witnessed her superstardom, and I’m honored to help tell this part of Whitney’s story before it all began,” said McDonald.
The documentary is described as a “cinematic photo story of a photographer and her young muse.”
Marshall will be featured in the documentary and viewers will get to see the way her and Houston’s companionship grew. Marshall was able to have a unique perspective on Houston, following her from being a New Jersey teen to an iconic figure in recording artist history.
According to a release, “[Marshall] was given unprecedented access by the Houston family to document Whitney’s rise to fame. Over the subsequent years, Marshall’s camera followed the young singer to early auditions and recording sessions, and even to church.”
Marshall’s book, Young Whitney, will be released in February 2022 and will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Houston’s death on February 11, 2012.
Houston’s death shocked many as she was found unconscious in her hotel room just hours before she was supposed to appear at Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party.
Davis said the book “captures all the beauty, promise and love of life that was indeed Whitney when I first met her.”
The book’s hardcover will initially be exclusively sold at the Grammy Museum.
A specific release date has not been set for the documentary, but it is set for an “early 2022” release. Further details will be revealed at a later date.
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