There have been tribute concerts and photo books. And now there’s going to be posthumous movies about Prince.
Last month, acclaimed director Ava DuVernay announced an authorized documentary about Prince for Netflix. Now there’s going to be an official movie based on his songs. Think “Mamma Mia,” not “Purple Rain.”
Universal Pictures has secured the rights to several Prince classics to fashion a fictitious film, according to Variety. Meetings have commenced but no producer or director has been named. The Prince estate has OKed this project.
Per usual, details are sketchy. Same with the DuVernay project, which was leaked on social media so her people were compelled to make a vague announcement last month.
Right now, music-oriented movies are hot. “Bohemian Rhapsody” about Queen has become the biggest music biopic of all time, pulling in more than $530 million so far. The current remake of “A Star Is Born,” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, has hauled in more than $350 million. The two “Mamma Mia” films have together grossed more than $1.1 billion.