Showtime has begun production on a documentary about the complicated life and career of singer Whitney Houston from Kurt & Courtney director Nick Broomfield. Broomfield will produce, direct and narrate the film.

Showtime LogoSix-time Grammy winner Houston was one of the most successful female recording artists of all time. After a troubled marriage to singer Bobby Brown and many years of struggles with addiction, Houston died a tragic death at the age of 48. The film will be shot in Los Angeles and include behind-the-scenes materials, candid interviews with key people in Houston’s life, along with many of Houston’s greatest hits to “offer a raw and uncensored look at Houston and explore the impact her life and death had on the people around her and on the world of music,” according to Showtime.

“Nick is a bold storyteller with an acclaimed track record of provocative documentary filmmaking,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Senior Vice President, Documentary and Unscripted Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “Showtime Documentary Films is thrilled to partner with him on this project, as he delves deep into the life of Whitney Houston to tell the real story behind the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic singers.”

BBC pre-bought UK rights to the film, which has been in development at Showtime for nearly a year.

Broomfield’s controversal 1998 documentary Kurt & Courtney made headlines, alleging that Courtney Love played a role in Kurt Cobain’s death (claims she has denied). His other filmmaking credits include Biggie & Tupac and Tales of the Grim Sleeper.