Nick Cave to Score Amy Winehouse Biopic “Back to Black”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at APE Presents Festival Day 3 in June 2018
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at APE Presents Festival Day 3 in June 2018. Photo by Richard Isaac/REX/Shutterstock (9699744ci)

The Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black is hitting the theaters this year, and another iconic musician will be involved in this project. Sam Taylor-Johnson tapped none other than Nick Cave to score this highly-anticipated biopic alongside his long-time collaborator Warren Ellis.

Taylor-Johnson confirmed Ellis and Cave will be scoring this project while chatting with Variety, and said they were the only musicians she considered for this job.

“Over the years, I’ve listened to everything they’ve composed and longed to realize the dream of working together. Their sensibility as well as understanding of this story has led to a profoundly deep and moving film score,” said Taylor-Johnson.

Taylor-Johnson also had access to Winehouse’s songs from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Publishing, including her biggest hits “Back to Black” and “Rehab”, performed by the film’s leading lady Marisa Abela. That didn’t stop Cave and Ellis from composing about 20-30 minutes of music for this biopic, according to Variety.

This duo goes way back, and they’ve been working together since the 90s, when Ellis played violin on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ album Let Love In. He later became a full-time member of the band, and he and Cave went on to score several films by each other’s side, including Lawless, The Road, and Hell or High Water.