The legacy of Whitney Houston will be explored in a new biopic by music executive Clive Davis.
Davis and Houston had a long working relationship and friendship up until her tragic death in 2012 at age 48. Davis has been very vocal about his close relationship with Houston, which is one of the reasons he wants to tell her story.
He says of all the movies that have been made about the legendary singer, he hasn’t seen one that truly captured the essence of the woman he knew. So he’s working on releasing one himself.
Davis sat down with Variety for their podcast “Strictly Business” to discuss the project. The music mogul teamed up with Bohemian Rhapsody and The Two Popes screenwriter Anthony McCarten to write the script. They now have a distribution deal with Sony, and the film will be directed by Stella Meghie, who helmed The Photograph.
“I have a mission here,” Davis said on the podcast. “I have a mission to make sure… the full picture of Whitney Houston is captured in a no-holds-barred film that is musically rich and shows her genius and more of her character than we have seen to date.”
Davis said the film industry has shown a lot of interest in the project.
“There was a fierce competition for the movie,” he shared. “I’m happy to say the reaction to the script was good. Almost every studio head called to tell me about their passion for the project. They know Whitney has been captured and the opportunity here is so special and unique.”
The music mogul is responsible for helping jumpstart the careers of some of the biggest acts in music, including Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.