Kasi Lemmons, the director of the Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet,” has come aboard as the director on the Whitney Houston biopic “I Wanna Dance With Someone,” an person with information informed TheWrap.
Lemmons replaces “The Photograph” director Stella Meghie on the undertaking, who resources say exited the movie in excess of resourceful dissimilarities.
Naomi Ackie is established to star as the famed singer Whitney Houston in the movie, which is becoming manufactured with the aid of Houston’s estate and will consist of a search at her full everyday living and career as effectively as a journey by her tunes. Anthony McCarten of “Bohemian Rhapsody” wrote the screenplay.
Along with McCarten’s Muse of Hearth Productions, the film is remaining generated by Pat Houston (“Whitney”) on behalf of the Houston Estate, Grammy-profitable music producer Clive Davis, Larry Mestel on behalf of Primary Wave Audio and Denis O’Sullivan (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Jeff Kalligheri (“Submergence:), who are also financing by using Compelling Photos.
Sony’s TriStar Images is managing distribution on “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and has set the film for a Thanksgiving 2022 release date.
Kasi Lemmons’ past aspect film was 2019’s “Harriet,” which starred Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman and acquired the actress an Oscar nomination for her functionality. Her debut “Eve’s Bayou” was not long ago chosen for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Movie Registry. She’s currently at function on her up coming attribute “The Shadow King” primarily based on a novel by Maaza Mengiste, as perfectly as “Ring Shout,” a series based mostly on the novel by P. Djéli Clark for Skydance Tv set.
Lemmons is represented by The Gersh Company and Nina Shaw at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
Deadline first noted the information.