Sony Hack Reveals Destiny’s Child Biopic Pitch

Sony Hack Reveals Destiny’s Child Biopic Pitch

Mathew Knowles reportedly reached out to film execs about making movie on supergroup.

Published December 14, 2014

Destiny's Child is effectively over and Mathew Knowles is not longer part of Beyoncé's empire, but it seems that hasn't stopped him from trying to cash in on his daughter's fame. Knowles appeared to have pitched a biopic on the supergroup to Sony last year, according to the latest batch of leaked emails released by hackers.

Bey's former "father-ger" reportedly reached out to executives at Sony in December 2013, offering the studio the first chance to get on board with a movie about the group he helped make famous. 

“Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s Father wants to make the film of Destiny’s Child and came to me first,” wrote Clint Culpepper, head of Sony subdivision Screen Gems to Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. “He’s going to Universal next. Do we think it would be a successful film? They’re on Sony label. I’m just not sure that it’s not too soon.” 

According to the subsequent emails, executives seemed interested in the idea. It's not clear whether Knowles owns enough rights to Destiny's Child's music, image or other material to leverage a deal, or if he was just using his famous last name. Culpepper, meanwhile, came under fire last week after an email he wrote to Pascal referring to Kevin Hart (who stars in a number of Screen Gems films) as a "whore" was leaked.

The Destiny's Child Story isn't the only music-inspired film pitched to Sony according to the leaked emails: a member of Kanye West's staff also reached out to Pascal pitching her a movie project based around Yeezy's brand involving "cinematic and technological innovation."

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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