Sony and its TriStar division have won the right to produce Whitney Houston musical biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
Anthony McCarten will write the screenplay for the film, to be directed by Stella Meghie with the support of the late singer’s estate.
McCarten was also the screenplay writer for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The biopic, based on the epic life and music of Houston, will also feature many of the iconic singer’s hit songs.
Grammy-winning music producer Clive Davis, Primary Wave Entertainment and Pat Houston on behalf of the Houston estate will jointly produce the film.
“Anthony McCarten has bottled that up in his masterful screenplay bringing this beloved legend to life in a way we’ve never seen her – funny, exhilarating, aspirational, complex and incredibly human,” Nicole Brown, head of TriStar Pictures, said in a statement.
“Add to that Stella Meghie, a diehard fan, who is so gifted at telling beautiful, modern, feminine tales. With the guidance of Pat Houston, the legendary Clive Davis, Larry Mestel, Denis O’Sullivan, and Jeff Kalligheri, we have the absolute dream team to create the ultimate celebration of Whitney’s incredible life and musical achievements,” Brown added.
Houston, who would have turned 57 on August 9, is the most-awarded female artist of all time.
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