Word of an Aretha Franklin biopic to star Jennifer Hudson was first revealed last January, when Clive Davis broke the news at his annual pre-Grammy party before introducing J-Hud onstage to sing a medley of Franklin’s hits.
“The artist anointed by Aretha Franklin herself,” Davis said while bringing Hudson to the stage, adding “Aretha personally told me that last week,” that the Oscar winner would play her on the big screen.
According to one of its producers, the Hudson film is still going ahead, despite the life rights issues that Franklin’s passing may (or may not) dredge up, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
“Oh, it’s definitely moving forward,” says Harvey Mason Jr., a longtime music producer for Franklin who’d been working with the singer on the biopic for the past 18 months. “We are going forward and making the movie that Aretha wanted to make.”
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