The movie remake of Sparkle, starring the late Whitney Houston and Broadway veteran Jordin Sparks, won’t be released until August, but plans are already in the works to adapt the film for Broadway, according to Forbes. The film’s producer, Howard Rosenman (who was also the producer of the original 1976 Sparkle), expressed interest in turning the new film into a musical after seeing unedited scenes from the yet-to-be completed movie.
Sparkle is the story of three sisters who form a singing group and must grapple with drugs and the rise and fall of fame as the trio becomes successful. Houston plays Emma, the mother of the three women. Sparkle also stars Carmen Ejogo, Cee-Lo Green and Mike Epps. Houston reportedly recorded gospel songs for the upcoming film.
Houston died February 11 at the age of 48. A musical version of Houston’s 1992 film The Bodyguard is also in the works in the West End, starring Tony winner Heather Headley in Houston’s original role. Although the Grammy winner never appeared on Broadway, she sang unforgettable versions of classic Broadway songs throughout her career.