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A Whitney Houston Biopic Is In The Works That Has Been Approved By Her Estate & Clive Davis

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An estate-approved Whitney Houston biopic is coming down the pipeline thanks to Clive Davis. Deets inside…

An official biopic about Whitney Houston is in the works, following several unauthorized films about her life.

In 2015, Lifetime aired an unauthorized biopic about the late singer’s life and in 2017, Nick Broomfiled released a documentary titled, Whitney: Can I Be Me.

Now, Whitney Houston’s estate is moving forward with an official biopic about the Grammy Award winning singer’s life tentatively titled, I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Since the Houston Estate is backing the project, I Wanna Dance With Somebody will be able to utilize Houston’s music catalog. We're sure Pat Houston is happy.

Music producer Clive Davis will produce alongside Pat Houston (on behalf of the Houston Estate), Primary Wave Music's Larry Mestel, Denis O’Sullivan and writer Anthony McCarten.

With the estate behind the biopic, will they REALLY get down to the nitty gritty? We won’t find out until it’s released, however, they have a bomb writer on their ream. Anthony McCarten (the writer behind the British rock band Queen's biopic Bohemian Rhapsody) will pen the screenplay. Also, film director Stella Meghie, who was behind the Issa Rae romance The Photograph, will direct. She has also directed "Insecure" episodes.

In a statement, producers described the film as “a joyous, emotional and heart-breaking celebration of the life and music of the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time, tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom. While being very frank about the price that super-stardom exacted, it will be both the rich and complex saga of the search for the perfect marriage between song and singer and audience, and at the same time the moving tale of a simple Jersey girl trying to find her way back home.”

Both Clive & Pat released statements sharing their excitement over the project: 

"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, a veteran record producer and Houston's long-time collaborator, 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."

"The Estate of Whitney Houston is more than elated to be involved with a group of people that are as passionate about Whitney's life story as we are. Whitney's legacy deserves only the best that can be given," Pat Houston, Whitney Houston's sister-in-law, said in a statement. "I stand with the hearts of these partners being the chosen ones to produce a film that's uplifting and inspiring to all that loved her, giving you a reason to continue to celebrate The Voice that we all fell in love with and will cherish forever!"


Before her untimely death in 2012 at the age of 48, White Houston sold more than 200 million records worldwide through her 25-year career. She also copped 6 Grammy Awards throughout her career and brought us classic hits like “I Will Always Love You,” “Saving All My Love for You,” “ I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “How Will I Know,” to name a few.

Will you be watching THIS Whitney Houston biopic when its released?

Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock.com

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