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- Posted on Dec 13th 2011 10:15AM by Kenneth Partridge
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Speaking with the Daily Mail, Mitch Winehouse said he'd block efforts to make such a movie by denying the filmmakers rights to Amy's material.
"It would hardly be a biopic without the music, and we'd never allow the songs to be released," he told the newspaper.
His statement comes amid reports that the British songstress' former boyfriend Reg Traviss was offered a chance to direct the project but turned it down. "I have been asked but I honestly don't think I could do it. I'd be too close to it," he told the Mirror. "But whoever does write and direct the film may exaggerate certain points to make it more 'Hollywood.' The family would want to be involved to make sure that it's done justice. But right now it's all too raw."
Mitch is, however, moving forward with a book about Amy's life that he says will raise money for the charity he launched last month in her name. The foundation is aimed at "all children" -- "not just rehabilitation, not just substance abuse," as he explained over the summer -- and he took a preemptive stand against those who might accuse him of profiting from tragedy.
"Let me remind you," he said. "All profits to the foundation. Do you know how many kids will benefit from that money?"