New Whitney Houston Biopic Announced With Black Director

Whitney Houston performing at Wembley Arena, London, UK 
5 May 1988

New Whitney Houston Biopic Announced With Black Director

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” is being produced eight years after her untimely death.

Published April 23rd

Written by Paul Meara

The story of Whitney Houston’s life is once again getting the big screen treatment.

A biopic of the singer, entitled I Wanna Dance with Somebody, is in the works with screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, Bohemian Rhapsody) and director Stella Meghie (The Weekend and The Photograph), according to a press release.

Deadline reports, Meghie, an NAACP Image Award nominee, is “a huge fan of Houston and chased this job hard.” 

She also posted about the film on her Instagram, with the caption “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” See below:

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I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

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On the production side, Houston’s sister-in-law and former manager, Pat Houston, on behalf of the Houston Estate and music legend Clive Davis will be at the helm.

According to the press release, the biopic will be “very frank about the price that super-stardom exacted” while also being “the moving tale of a simple Jersey girl trying to find her way back home.”

RELATED: Clive Davis Plans On Making His Own Whitney Houston Biopic

Previously, it was Davis who revealed a Whitney biopic was in the works. “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,” Davis told the Los Angeles Times.

Whitney Houston died in 2012 at the age of 48 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel From an accidental drowning prior to Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party.

No word on who will portray Whitney Houston. 

Photo: David Corio/Redferns

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