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, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 16-Sep-2021 12:35)on September 19, 2021 at 11:58 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 [small seam split] while the vinyl remains in excellent condition)
- Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $11.04, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 13-Sep-2021 09:25)on September 19, 2021 at 11:58 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON I Wanna Dance With Somebody (1987 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single featuring the 12" & Dub remixes plus Moment Of Truth, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve has wear to the opening edge, whilst the vinyl shows only light signs of playRIST1)
- Whitney Houston - All The Man That I Need - Box - UK - box set - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 09-Sep-2021 12:37)on September 19, 2021 at 11:58 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON All The Man That I Need (1991 UK limited edition pack, containing 7" vinyl single also including Dancin' On the Smooth Edges, in a picture sleeve, 1991 calendar & four colour postcards, housed within an envelope style picture box. The outer sleeve displays only light general wear whilst the contents remain in a 'near as new' condition)
- Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston - hype stickered - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 25-Aug-2021 08:13)on September 19, 2021 at 11:58 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON Whitney Houston (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 shows only minor wear & the vinyl is excellent with few signs of play)
- Whitney Houston - Love Will Save The Day - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $11.04, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 19-Aug-2021 17:51)on September 19, 2021 at 11:58 pm
WHITNEY HOUSTON Love Will Save The Day (1988 UK 2-track 12" vinyl single including Extended Remix plus Hold Me [duet with Teddy Pendergrass]. The glossy picture sleeve has some shelfwear along the opening edge while the vinyl remains in excellent condition)
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