The First Officially Authorized Whitney Houston Documentary Is in the Works

This is the first project backed by the singer’s estate since her tragic passing in 2012.

Academy Award-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald announced Thursday he is currently working on a project centered around Whitney Houston with the working title “The Voice.” The documentary marks the first project officially authorized by the late singer’s estate.

McDonald and the British banner behind the acclaimed Oscar-winning Amy, are set to introduce the film to buyers in Cannes next month. The documentary is said to be  “unvarnished and authentic” and explore all of the ups and downs of Houston’s prolific career.

“The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years,” MacDonald told The Hollywood Reporter. “She changed the way pop music was sung – bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don’t traditionally sell.”

“I want audiences to walk out of the cinema and feel positive about Whitney and her music,” he continued. “I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget.”