Divas Jordin Sparks & Whitney Houston Tapped To Remake ‘Sparkle’

Sony Pictures will indeed remake the 1976 musical film SparkleWhitney Houston is currently in negotiations to join America Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps in the film, reports Variety.
Debra Martin ChaseTD Jakes and Curtis Wallace are producing while Houston will executive produce with Howard Rosenman and Gaylyn FraicheJumping the Broomdirector Salim Akil will helm the project.
Tri-Star Pictures will distribute the film in association with Stage 6 Films. Production is scheduled to begin next month.
The original pic followed three sisters who begin singing in their church choir in Harlem in the late 1950s and go on to become a successful girl group. Their sudden rise unravels their personal lives.
The remake will be set in 1968 Detroit, during the rise of Motown. Story will focus on the youngest sister, a music prodigy named Sparkle (Sparks), and her struggle to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.

“Sparkle” will be Houston’s first starring film role in 15 years, as she last toplined Penny Marshall’s 1996 pic “The Preacher’s Wife.” The Grammy-winning recording artist previously starred in “Waiting to Exhale and “The Bodyguard.” Project reunites director Akil with Epps, who starred in the helmer’s wedding pic “Jumping the Broom,” which grossed more than $37 million domestically earlier this year. Epps, who’s best known for his comedic turns in “The Hangover” and “The Honeymooners,” has been showcasing his dramatic chops of late, as he recently wrapped the indie thriller “Vipaka,” which stars Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie. Epps’ next gig is hosting this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. Sparks, who won the sixth season of “American Idol,” is a Grammy-nominated platinum recording artists who will make her feature film debut in “Sparkle.”

Posted on September 14, 2011, in Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Remake, Sparkle, Whitney Houston. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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