Watch the new trailer for Whitney Houston’s family-approved documentary


The definitive Whitney Houston documentary is on its way. Produced by her sister-in-law Patricia Houston, Whitney is the only account of Houston’s life and career created with the blessing of her estate.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald of The Last King of Scotland [2006] and Touching the Void [2003] and co-produced by Man on Wire’s [2008] Simon Chinn, it interpolates never-before-seen footage of the singer’s life with live performances self-recorded by Houston throughout her career, as well as unreleased songs.

“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 said in a statement. “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.”

While it will certainly touch on all the major high points of her career and promises to be an “unvarnished” look at the late singer’s life, it’s safe to assume that with her family’s involvement the doc may brush over her struggles with drug use and her abusive relationship with James Brown.

Still, the woman deserves to be celebrated and Whitney looks to be just the ticket. Watch the trailer below.