Though it was launched in 2012, “Sparkle” was delayed in developmental hell for years. Primarily based on the 1976 movie of the identical title, Whitney Houston and her producing companion Debra Martin Chase acquired the rights to “Sparkle” underneath their BrownHouse Productions banner within the Nineteen Nineties (through Vainness Truthful). Houston had envisioned Aaliyah to play the title function, however the singer died in a aircraft accident in 2001. “This was [Aaliyah’s] film, after we introduced it to her, she was so smitten by it and he or she wished it, to do it so badly,” Houston mentioned (through Vibe). “She was our Sparkle.”
“Sparkle” lastly got here to fruition in 2012. The Nineteen Sixties-set movie stars Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, and Tika Sumpter as three sisters who begin a lady group in Detroit. Houston performs their strict church-going mom, Emma, who as soon as had singing aspirations of her personal. Some followers and critics seen “Sparkle” as a comeback for Houston, particularly in an period more and more outlined by private and authorized issues. “To me, it is not like a comeback,” the performer instructed Collider in 2012. “It is simply it is innate, it is pure.” She added, “I can not assist it. It’s one thing that God simply mentioned, ‘That is what you do.’ It is in me.”
Sadly, Houston died that very same 12 months, and the movie ended up being launched posthumously a couple of months after her dying. Certainly, Houston’s dying casts a chilling pall over the film, particularly when her character asks, “Was my life not sufficient of a cautionary story for you?” Regardless of the singer’s star energy, the movie obtained middling evaluations.
As followers proceed to mourn Houston’s loss greater than 10 years later, different cinematic artifacts, like final 12 months’s biopic “I Wanna Dance With Someone,” stay a compelling reminder of her legacy.