A New Biopic on the Life of Edith Piaf Utilizes Artificial Intelligence for Unique Narration
Paris (AFP) – Warner Music and the estate of Edith Piaf announced on Tuesday that a new biopic on the life of the French star will utilize artificial intelligence to allow Piaf to narrate her own story.
The film, titled “Edith,” is currently in the final phase of development, according to sources close to Warner Music France. However, no release date has been scheduled as of yet.
The announcement of this “innovative and revolutionary technological project using AI to re-create her voice and image” comes 60 years after Piaf’s death. This venture follows the success of the Beatles’ latest release “Now And Then,” in which AI was used to isolate the late John Lennon’s vocals and led to the band’s first UK number one single in 54 years.
For “Edith,” artificial intelligence will be used to analyze hundreds of voice and image clips, some of which are more than 80 years old, to recreate Piaf’s unique style and “further enhance the authenticity and emotional impact of her story.” Original recordings will also be utilized for her greatest hits.
The 90-minute film will depict the singer’s life from 1920 to 1960, moving between Paris and New York. It will be narrated by Piaf’s AI-generated voice and will include hitherto unknown “aspects of her life.”