Lionel Richie is getting his own movie musical 'All Night Long' with Disney

11 June 2020, 11:22 | Updated: 11 June 2020, 11:26

Lionel Richie movie musical 'All Night Long' set for Disney release
Lionel Richie movie musical 'All Night Long' set for Disney release. Picture: Getty

By Rory O'Connor

A film based on Lionel Richie's songs is being created for Disney, it has been revealed.

A working title for the movie is 'All Night Long', taken from the hitmaker's 1983 song title.

The Lionel-based film is currently in development at Walt Disney Studios, with Lionel serving as a producer on the project, alongside his manager Bruce Eskowitz.

According to Variety, a script is being written by screenwriter Pete Chiarelli, though a director has yet to be announced.

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Lionel Richie movie musical 'All Night Long' set for Disney release
Lionel Richie movie musical 'All Night Long' set for Disney release. Picture: PA

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Sources say the film could be compared to that of ABBA's Mamma Mia! films, in terms of its jukebox musical nature.

The movie is still in pre-production, so a planned release date has yet to be announced.

It comes after Lionel announced he was remaking 'We Are The World' for charity.

Read more: Lionel Richie plans new 'We Are the World' charity single to fundraise against coronavirus

The song was later rereleased with current and former American Idol contestants, as well as Lionel’s fellow judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

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The original track, released 35 years ago, featured Michael Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross and several other big name stars.

It raised $63 million to fight famine in Africa, but now 70-year-old Lionel has performed the song once more with both new and former Idol contestants during the show's 2020 finale.

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