An authorized biopic on Whitney Houston’s life and career is officially in the works. The film, tentatively titled I Wanna Dance With Somebody, will be produced by Pat Houston on behalf of Houston’s estate, along with Clive Davis, and Primary Wave.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bohemian Rhapsody writer Anthony McCarten will pen the script. The film will reportedly be helmed by Stella Meghie, whose directing credits include, The Photograph, Insecure, Grown-ish and and BET’s First Wives Club.
Houston, who died in 2012 at age 48, holds the title as one of the most successful recording artists in history with 200 million records sold. Her self-titled debut was certified 9x platinum in the U.S., and became the first solo album by a female artist to earn a diamond certification in Canada.
The multi-Grammy winner’s catalog features timeless hits like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love Of All,” “Saving All My Love,” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” and “I Look To You.” Additionally, Houston’s remake of “I Will Always Love You” became the best-selling single by a female artist, and sold a record-breaking 630,000 copies in its first week. The love balled, from The Bodyguard soundtrack, spent 14 weeks at No. 1 and sold more than 4 million physical copies, making Houston the first and only female recording artist to achieve the sales milestone.
The upcoming biopic will be the latest project from Houston’s estate since partnering with Primary Wave last year and announcing a hologram tour.