Universal Pictures has announced, via Variety, plans for a feature film based on the music of Prince, using songs from the late musical icon’s catalogue to drive a fictional narrative.
According to the trade’s sources, the project is not a biopic, but rather an original story, as the Prince estate and the studio want to avoid anything that would draw comparisons to Prince’s 1984 film ‘Purple Rain.’
Atom Factory’s Troy Carter, the entertainment advisor of the late singer’s estate will executive produce alongside Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, the exclusive worldwide publishing administrator for Prince’s catalogue.
The incredible and prolific songwriter and performer, who died on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57, sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He won eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for ‘Purple Rain.’ Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.