A movie musical based on Prince’s music is in the works

It's believed to be in the vein of Mamma Mia...

A movie based on the music of Prince is reportedly in the works, after the rights to use the singer’s legendary catalogue of songs was secured.

As Variety reports, Universal Pictures has confirmed a deal with the music icon’s estate, although it won’t be a biopic of his life in the vein of recent releases such as Bohemian Rhapsody.

Instead, the film will focus on an original story that uses Prince’s songs to drive forward to the plot. The original idea was reportedly formulated by Prince’s estate and Universal after they agreed that a biopic had largely been covered by Prince’s 1984 movie Purple Rain.

Although specific details of the plot are yet to emerge, negotiations are believed to be underway with potential writers and producers who hope that the film can follow in the vein of successes such as Mamma Mia – which featured the music of ABBA alongside an original plot line.

The confirmation comes only months after it was revealed that Universal had secured the rights to George Michael’s music for a new Christmas movie.

The movie, which is currently set for release on November 15, 2019, will star Game Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians‘ Henry Golding. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) will direct the film, while Emma Thompson has co-written the script.
According to an official synopsis, Last Christmas “follows Kate (Clarke), who harrumphs around London, making a bundle of bad decisions which includes her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two.”
A release date for the Prince movie is yet to be revealed.