What we don’t need is for the screenwriter who failed to include Freddie Mercury’s coke dwarf in Bohemian Rhapsody, teaming up with the hologram peddling Houston Estate and Clive fucking Davis to bring us yet another movie about Whitney Houston only this time with the added insult of some poor actress trying to play her. But we’re getting it anyway. 2020 hates us for real.
Since 2012, when Whitney collectively punched us in the gut by dying, we’ve already seen two feature-length documentaries (Whitney: Can I Be Me for Showtime and Whitney, the Houston Estate-approved theatrical release), a Lifetime movie (starring America’s Next Top Model alum Yaya DaCosta with vocals by Deborah Cox and directed by Angela Bassett) and a hologram tour (brought to you by the Sultan of Sulfur himself, Satan, with an assist from Pat Houston and the Houston Estate). But apparently there are still a few cursed coins to be made from Nippy’s incomparable talent.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this next one will be a biopic called I Want To Dance With Somebody, with Pat and Clive producing. The screenplay is written by Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Two Popes) and directed by Stella Meghie (The Photograph AKA Le Notebook Noir). IWTDWS will star Please God Anybody But Jennifer Hudson as Whitney.
Music producer Clive Davis is working with the estate of late singer Whitney Houston for the biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
Anthony McCarten, the writer behind the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, will pen the screenplay, while Stella Meghie, who was behind the Issa Rae romance The Photograph, will direct.
Pat Houston will produce the movie on behalf of the Houston Estate, along with Davis, Primary Wave Music’s Larry Mestel, Denis O’Sullivan and McCarten.
With the backing of the estate, I Wanna Dance With Somebody will be able to utilize Houston’s music catalog. The movie does not yet have distribution.
Good! Maybe it will stay that way. Sadly, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. Keke Palmer, when Clive inevitably comes knocking on your door, please just say “sorry to this man.”