Prince’s music will drive the plot of a new Universal Pictures film
Universal Pictures recently acquired the rights to several songs from Prince’s catalog and is developing a fictional narrative around some of his classic songs. Sources say the musical will not be a biopic as the singers estate wants to create something unique after the success of 1984’s film Purple Rain but the plot will be driven by the songs themselves, much like Universal Pictures film Mamma Mia!.
Troy Carter, the entertainment advisor of Prince’s estate, will executive produce alongside Jody Gerson, CEO of UMPG. UMPG holds the exclusive publishing for Prince’s catalog. In addition to Universal Pictures’ new musical, both Ava Duvernay (Netflix) and UK’s Channel 4 are directing two new documentaries.
Prince sold more than 100 million albums worldwide during his career, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. His hits including Purple Rain, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette and When Doves Cry lead him to win eight Grammys, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe and even an Oscar. With Prince’s extensive catalog, the creators have plenty of options for how the story may play out.
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