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I Wanna Dance With Somebody | Tristar | December 23, 2022 | Whitney Houston biopic | Stella Meghie (The Photograph) directs

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https://deadline.com/2020/04/whitney-houston-movie-stella-meghie-directing-anthony-mccarten-writing-houston-estate-clive-davis-primary-wave-bohemian-rhapsody-1202914991/

 

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EXCLUSIVE: A feature film on the life of iconic songstress Whitney Houston is fast forming. The Whitney Houston Estate, Primary Wave and Grammy-winning music producer Clive Davis have teamed up for I Wanna Dance With Somebody. They are negotiating with The Photograph helmer Stella Meghie to direct.

 

Scripting and producing is Anthony McCarten, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who wrote the biographical films The Two Popes, Darkest Hour, Bohemian Rhapsody, and The Theory Of Everything. On those films, Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), Gary Oldman (Winston Churchill), and Eddie Redmayne (Stephen Hawkins) won lead actor Oscars three years straight, and Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins were just both nominated for Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, respectively. Those films earned him four Oscar and two BAFTA noms for McCarten, who has been scripting the Bee Gees film for Paramount, GK, Sister and Amblin, and also wrote the book for an upcoming Broadway musical on the life of singer/songwriter Neil Diamond. Focusing on a female icon will be a new one for him.

The Whitney Houston film will be produced by Pat Houston on behalf of the Houston Estate, Davis, Larry Mestel on behalf of Primary Wave Music, Denis O’Sullivan, and McCarten through his Muse of Fire Productions banner. Primary Wave Music is a partner of the Whitney Houston estate. The film will benefit from the use of Houston’s many hit songs.

 

McCarten’s incredible biopic track record helped him win the support of the Houston family, after the late Houston’s mentor Davis reached out to McCarten last April. McCarten self-financed a life-rights option and is writing the script on spec. Unclear when the project will be set with a distributor.

 

The big question is, who can possibly play Houston?

@CoolioD1 🤭

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6 minutes ago, Eric Atreides said:

Best Actress winner at Oscars 2022 unless Jennifer Hudson wins this year for playing Aretha in which case she will be like the Jamie Foxx to Joaquin Phoenix, or the Rami Malek to Taron Egerton.

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On 4/22/2020 at 6:47 PM, grim22 said:

Best Actress winner at Oscars 2022 unless Jennifer Hudson wins this year for playing Aretha in which case she will be like the Jamie Foxx to Joaquin Phoenix, or the Rami Malek to Taron Egerton.

Maybe Oscars 2023?

 

https://deadline.com/2020/08/whitney-houston-movie-sony-pictures-wins-anthony-mccarten-script-stella-meghie-directs-clive-davis-houston-estate-1203002572/

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won a hot and heavy auction for I Wanna Dance With Somebody, the feature film on the life and music of iconic songstress Whitney Houston. The studio has already staked out a Thanksgiving, 2022 release date for the film. Deadline revealed the project’s formation back in April, with The Whitney Houston Estate, Primary Wave and Grammy-winning music producer and Houston’s mentor Clive Davis all aboard.

 

Around six streamers and studios chased the Whitney Houston film project hard, with Sony prevailing.

 

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1 hour ago, movies!movies! said:

 

Oooh, Robyn will be in this... Given that the Houston Estate is involved and the screenplay is by the Bohemian Rhapsody guy, it will probably be a timid, limited portrayal of the Whitney/Robyn relationship at best.

 

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