Whitney, Jordin Sparks confirmed for Sparkle remake

(EUR) Whitney Houston is reportedly in final negotiations for a big-screen comeback in Sony’s remake of the 1976 film Sparkle, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Whitney Houston
Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks will make her feature film debut in the movie, and Mike Epps has also been cast.

Mara Brock Akil wrote the script and her husband, Salim Akil is directing. The latter worked with Epps on Sony’s Jumping the Broom.

Houston, meanwhile, hasn’t been in a movie since she travelled to Portland, Maine to make Penny Marshall’s 1996 The Preacher’s Wife opposite Denzel Washington.

Sparkle focuses on three sisters who form a musical group and then have to contend with the ups and downs of stardom. Debra Martin Chase is producing the Sony project. Production is sche-duled to begin next month.
Tri-Star Pictures is distributing in association with Stage 6 Films.

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