I Wanna Dance with Somebody will be written by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Two Popes and involve input from the singer’s estate
Whitney Houston’s life is set to be the subject of a big-screen biopic from the Grammy-winning producer Clive Davis and the singer’s estate.
According to Deadline, the film, to be called I Wanna Dance with Somebody, will be scripted by Anthony McCarten, who will also act as producer. McCarten has received Oscar nominations for his screenplays for the fact-based dramas The Two Popes and The Theory of Everything. His writing credits also include Bohemian Rhapsody and Darkest Hour.
In a new statement, he claims that McCarten has committed to a “no holds barred, musically rich screenplay that finally reveals the whole Whitney”.
The project will also be produced by Pat Houston, the singer’s manager and sister-in-law, who will act on behalf of the estate. She has promised an “uplifting and inspiring” film. No director has been confirmed yet but producers are negotiating with Stella Meghie, who recently made the romantic drama The Photograph.
A recent tour, backed by the estate, featuring a hologram of the singer was widely criticised, with the Guardian’s Dave Simpson calling it “deeply unsettling” and Entertainment Weekly’s Emma Madden describing it as “tacky”.
The film is the latest in an ever-expanding subgenre that’s seen a resurgence after the box office success of Bohemian Rhapsody, which made more than $900m worldwide. Upcoming musical biopics include Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.
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- Whitney Houston - Whitney - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.90, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 23-May-2022 15:37)on May 26, 2022 at 3:09 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON Whitney (1987 German 11-track vinyl LP including the classic singles I Wanna Dance With Somebody [Who Loves Me], Didn't We Almost Have It All, So Emotional and Where Do Broken Hearts Go. The glossy picture sleeve shows just a little shelfwear and comes with its illustrated lyric inner while the vinyl remains in excellent condition)
- Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston - stickered in shrink - German - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.20, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 14-May-2022 10:16)on May 26, 2022 at 3:09 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON Whitney Houston (Debut 1985 German 10-track LP including How Will I Know, Saving All My Love For You & Greatest Love Of All, housed in the original song hype stickered picture sleeve. The sleeve is still in the open shrinkwrap & the vinyl appears barely played)
- Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston - German - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.12, €14.16 (New Item) (arrived 13-Apr-2022 15:01)on May 26, 2022 at 3:09 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON Whitney Houston (1985 German 10-track LP including the classic hit singles How Will I Know, The Greatest Love Of All & Saving All My Love For You, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl are in excellent condition with some minor cosmetic signs of wear & play)
- Whitney Houston - Heartbreak Hotel - Picture sleeve - UK - CD-R acetate - Promo - £8.00, $10.08, €9.44 (Back In Stock) (arrived 05-Apr-2022 09:24)on May 26, 2022 at 3:09 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON Heartbreak Hotel (2001 UK 3-track advance promotional CD-R for the single release, featuring the 3:42 RIP Radio Edit, 3:39 Undadoggz Radio Edit and 4:38 Original Version, custom printed disc with wraparound picture insert in clearplastic wallet)
- Whitney Houston - Heartbreak Hotel - UK - 12" vinyl - Promo - £15.00, $18.90, €17.70 (Back In Stock) (arrived 02-Mar-2022 10:19)on May 26, 2022 at 3:09 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON Heartbreak Hotel (UK advance promotional 2-track 12" featuring Underdoggz Club Rub Part 1 5:58 & Part 2 4:30 HEART2)
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