A “no-holds-barred” biopic of music icon Whitney Houston is in development, with Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten on board to pen the script.
The late singer’s estate has given its support to the movie, which is provisionally called I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
The Photograph director Stella Meghie is in the frame to get behind the camera and direct.
McCarten is a specialist in writing movies about historical figures, earning Oscar nominations for The Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour and The Two Popes, as well as for Bohemian Rhapsody.
He is currently at work on a Bee Gees movie and a stage musical focused on Neil Diamond, but Houston will be the first female icon he has taken on.
Grammy-winning producer Clive Davis reportedly reached out to McCarten last year and it was his box office record that convinced Houston’s estate to give their approval, according to Deadline.
Davis said he believes that “the full Whitney Houston story has not yet been told”, but will be allowed to come through in this movie.
He added: “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 sold more than 200 million records over the course of a musical career spanning more than 30 years.
She died in 2012 having faced struggles with addiction throughout her career.
Her story has been told on the big screen via a pair of documentary films — 2017’s Whitney: Can I Be Me and 2018’s Whitney.