Aretha Franklin is trying to block the release of “Amazing Grace,” the documentary film by the late Sydney Pollack on the making of her live gospel album of the same name.
The Warner Bros. film has been sitting unseen for 39 years. Franklin’s attorney Alan Reed intends to seek an injunction preventing the film’s release, according to TMZ. Her camp says that the film’s producer Alan Elliott wants to release it this year and claims the soul diva’s permission is required before the film can be rolled out.
No reason has been given for Franklin’s reluctance to have the film released.
The double album, recorded at L.A.’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, is Franklin’s biggest selling album and the top selling gospel album of all time. Elliott is an accomplished film and TV composer and music exec, and stepbrother of producer-manager Benny Medina.