Whitney Houston biopic will be 'no holds barred' portrayal of superstar, Clive Davis says
25 August 2020, 16:47
The record producer has said it is his mission to make sure the new biopic 'shows her genius' and 'more of her character' than previous productions.
Speaking on Variety’s Strictly Business podcast, Davis said it his mission to capture the true personality and life of the singer he was so close to.
"I have a mission to make sure that for all time that the full picture of Whitney Houston is captured in a no-holds-barred film that is musically rich and shows her genius and more of her character than we have seen to date," he said.
Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You
The music legend also revealed that he has teamed up with Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten to develop the script.
"There was a fierce competition for the movie," Davis continued.
"I'm happy to say the reaction to the script was good. Almost every studio head called to tell me about their passion for the project.
"They know Whitney has been captured and the opportunity here is so special and unique."
It's been reported that the film will use original recordings of Whitney's vocals – so whoever takes on the lead role won't have to provide them.
Whitney Houston rehearsal in clip released in the lead up to Whitney documentary
While working together on the biopic's script, Davis and McCarten also made an agreement to collaborate in the future if either of them decide to make a biopic of Janis Joplin, Davis revealed.
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"We agreed there could still be a great film on Janis Joplin," he said.
"We have done nothing on that one but we have legally committed to each other to do it together if either of us ever get involved in it."