The Official Whitney Houston Biopic Is Coming To The Big Screen
After intensely bidding, Sony’s TriStar Pictures have won the rights to make the musical biopic of famous musician, Whitney Houston. The biopic titled ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ will shed light on the singer’s personal life. Included in the deal is a theatrical commitment and TriStar Pictures is targeting a 2022 Thanksgiving release.
The writer of the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ biopic, Anthony McCarten has been announced to take charge of the screenplay and the director of ‘The Photograph’, Stella Meghie, will direct the movie. With over thirty Oscar nominees for ‘The Theory of Everything’ and ‘The Two Popes’, fans are expecting Anthony McCarten to also deliver with this project.
The biopic is supported by Whitney Houston’s estate and Grammy Winning music producer, Clive Davis. The late singer’s sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston, will handle the production of the movie as well as Larry Mestel, Denis O’Sullivan, Clive Davis, and McCarten.
Whitney Houston, over the decades, released numerous albums and singles and became one of the biggest recording artists ever with over 200 million records sold worldwide. Some of her biggest songs include “How Will I Know”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “I Will Always Love You”, and “Saving All My Love For You”. She also starred in ‘The Bodyguard’ and recorded the movie’s soundtrack. Houston died at age 48 in 2012.
According to Clive Davis, who discovered Whitney’s talent during her teenage years and had built a working relationship with her since then, he was disappointed with the previous documentaries on Houston; “Can I Be Me” and “Whitney”. Davis promises there will be no whitewashing the late artist’s struggles with her love life or addiction in this movie.
In an announcement made by the head of TriStar, Nicole Brown, she shared that Houston made the kind of music that makes an audience want to get up and sing along. “She is anthemic in every way. 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.” She also added that director Stella Meghie has been a big fan of Whitney and with her gifted storytelling skills, has committed herself to bringing the best version of the singer to life.
President of Sony Motion Picture Group, Josh Greenstein, also emphasized Sony’s point to keep the project in the theaters. “Musically driven films have always held a special place in theaters and this remarkable story will help further our fierce commitment to the theatrical experience.” He said.
Although it’s still a mystery how deeply into Houston’s personal life the biopic will go, Davis assures it will bring a lot to light. “From all my personal and professional experience with Whitney from her late teenage years to her tragic, premature death, I know the full Whitney Houston story has not yet been told,” He said.
Brown is excited about the project and believes the team is more than capable of providing fans of the singer with great content. “We have the absolute dream team to create the ultimate celebration of Whitney’s incredible life and musical achievements.”