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 - So Emotional - UK - 12" vinyl - £12.00, $12.96, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 21-Sep-2022 11:06)on September 26, 2022 at 10:19 am
WHITNEY HOUSTON So Emotional (1987 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, featuring the Extended Remix 7:51 plus Didn't We Almost Have It All [Live Version] and For The Love Of You, picture sleeve. The vinyl and sleeve are in excellent condition RIST43)
- Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $16.20, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 15-Sep-2022 13:14)on September 26, 2022 at 10:19 am
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 shows only minor edgewear and the vinyl is near)
- Whitney Houston - Heartbreak Hotel - UK - 12" vinyl - Promo - £9.99, $10.79, €11.19 (Back In Stock) (arrived 13-Sep-2022 14:43)on September 26, 2022 at 10:19 am
WHITNEY HOUSTON Heartbreak Hotel (2000 UK 2-track promotional 12" featuring R.I.P Vocal Mix 9:31 and R.I.P Dub 6:57 HEART1)
- Whitney Houston - All The Man That I Need - UK - 12" vinyl - £12.00, $12.96, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 06-Jun-2022 12:03)on September 26, 2022 at 10:19 am
WHITNEY HOUSTON All The Man That I Need (1990 UK 3-track 12" single, also featuring Dancin' On The Smooth Edge & The Greatest Love Of All Live recorded at the 'That's What Friends Are For' concert. The glossy picture sleeve displays just a little light wear & the vinyl is Excellent with minimal play)
- Whitney Houston - Heartbreak Hotel - Picture sleeve - UK - CD-R acetate - Promo - £8.00, $8.64, €8.96 (Back In Stock) (arrived 05-Apr-2022 09:24)on September 26, 2022 at 10:19 am
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)
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