Fans watching the Grammys tonight can expect to see the first star studded tribute to the life and career of the late, legendary Whitney Houston, who shockingly passed away yesterday at the age of 48. But it won't be the last tribute to the prolific actress/singer, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sony has decided to go ahead with the August 17 release of Houston's final movie, "Sparkle."
And we have a feeling nobody's ever belted out a swan song quite like Whitney Houston.
Based on the cult classic 1976 film of the same name, "Sparkle" stars former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks as a pop singer whose girl group goes supernova, causing rifts in their personal relationships. Houston plays Sparks' mother, but she gets plenty of screen time herself, stealing the show with a solo number as well as a duet with Sparks during the end credits.
"Sparkle's" executive producer, Howard Rosenman, was stunned to hear the news of Houston's death.
"I was just raving about [Whitney's] performance, she was so great in it. I'm just in shock," Rosenman said, adding that the film "would have been a big, big comeback, she is so brilliant in it."
He was especially enthusiastic about the opportunity for Houston to show off her skills performing the new R. Kelly gospel track "Celebrate," which caps off the film by the husband and wife filmmaking duo Salim and Mara Akil.
"It's a great, great gospel song where she's just genius," Rosenman said. "Salim is a really talented director, and Mara wrote a fantastic screenplay, and we were really looking forward to [Whiney's] participation [in the movie's release]. It would have been her big comeback. It would have been unbelievable."
Sony representative Steve Elzer echoed those sentiments.
"Like all those who knew and loved her, we are shocked and saddened and the world has lost an incomparable talent," Elzer said. "Right now our thoughts are with her daughter, her family and her friends."
On August 17, "Sparkle" will give Houston one last chance to shine.