When it comes to biopics, we have seen some of our greatest musicians covered. Of course Freddie Mercury and Elton John’s biopics are two of the most recent blockbuster successes, but it seems there may be a new contender on the horizon.
Multiple reports have eluded that the late Whitney Houston is set to get a biopic in the coming years.
The biopic already has the blessing of the Houston estate with Anthony McCarten, who penned 2018’s explosively successful Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, writing the script.
The film will also be produced by music legend Clive Davis, who guided Houston to prominence, and Pat Houston, the late singer’s sister-in-law and an overseer of her estate.
“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 said in a statement. “I am so glad that Anthony McCarten has committed to a no-holds-barred, musically rich screenplay that finally reveals the whole Whitney whose vocal genius deeply affected the world while she fiercely battled the demons that were to be her undoing.”
Houston, nicknamed “the Voice,” was one of the most celebrated and awarded singers in the country at the height of her fame, picking up six Grammys over the course of her career and selling 200 million albums worldwide. She rose to superstardom in the 1980s, churning out hits like “How Will I Know” and, of course, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” In 1992, she starred in The Bodyguard, which yielded one of her most iconic songs - a cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” But Houston’s tremendous career highs also came with tragic lows, including a battle with drug addiction and a rocky marriage to Bobby Brown.
It’s no secret that this biopic will be beautifully tragic.
But nonetheless, we can’t wait to see it and remember the late Whitney.