Universal Pictures working on a Mamma Mia-style film inspired by Prince's music
It has come to light that the film is not a biopic but an original fictional story with Prince's classic songs driving the plotline
According to reports, Universal Pictures is developing an original musical film inspired by legendary singer Prince's music. The studio is said to have acquired the rights to a number of songs from the late singer's catalogue, and is planning to make not a biopic, but an original fictional story with Prince's classic songs driving the plot a la Mamma Mia (that used Abba's songs similarly).
Prince won eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the 1984 film, Purple Rain, which remains the last film to have won the award for Best Original Song Score. He sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artistes of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The singer, whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures, died on April 22, 2016 at the age of 57.
Atom Factory's Troy Carter, the entertainment advisor of Prince's estate, will be the executive producer on the project, alongside Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, the exclusive worldwide publishing administrator for Prince's catalogue.