Status: Pre-Production As of January 11, 2019
Pre-Production: Key talent and film crew being hired; budgeting, preparing and planning of production schedule; approving final shooting script. Stage director Liesl Tommy is on-board to direct the biopic.
The life of Aretha Franklin from singing as a child in her father’s church’s choir to becoming an iconic superstar and civil rights activist.
U.S. Release DateRespect release date is set for Friday, August 14, 2020. This will be a Nationwide in theaters release.
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CompaniesUnited Artists Releasing & 2 more
Rating MPAANot Available
Aretha Franklin begins her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church. With songs like "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think", Franklin gained the title "The Queen of Soul" by the end of the 1960s.
original plot formulation based on information from deadline.com
Trivia & Production Notes
- Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson was handpicked by Aretha Franklin to play her before the singer's death (1/11/19).
- Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise” and is the creator of TV's Nashville, is writing the script (3/9/19).
Also Known As
- Untitled Aretha Franklin Project
- Aretha Franklin Bio Project