To go with a colossal voice, Whitney Houston also had a personal life that sometimes eclipsed her talents. Now, 8 years after her untimely death, it has been announced that the powerhouse singer is to finally get a big-screen biopic.
Named after her 1987 album, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, the film has secured the talents of Oscar-nominated scribe, Anthony McCarten, to pen the script.
‘The Photograph’ director, Stella Meghie is currently in negotiations to helm the project. An actress has yet to be found to play the highly acclaimed artist.
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The Whitney Houston Estate, Primary Wave, music producer Clive Davis and McCarten are producing. Pat Houston will produce on behalf of the Houston Estate, and Larry Mestel will produce on behalf of Primary Wave Music along with Denis O’Sullivan. McCarten will produce through his Muse of Fire Productions banner.
McCarten has a special ability for penning biopics with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Darkest Hour’, and ‘The Theory of Everything’ all appearing on his resume. His latest ‘The Two Popes’ starring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins earned Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for its leading men. He is currently working on a script for a Bee Gees biopic.
As well as giving us some of the biggest love songs of the century with songs like ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘Greatest Love of All’ and ‘Saving All My Love for You’, Houston also branched out into acting, starring opposite Kevin Costner in ‘The Bodyguard’, a film that scored $411 million at the worldwide box office.