Prince is getting his own “Mamma Mia”-type movie.
According to Variety, Universal Pictures has purchased the rights to a few classic Prince songs for the film, which insiders say is not a biopic but an original story with Prince’s classic songs driving the plot.
The outlet says the Prince estate was negotiating with a number of production companies, but ultimately chose Universal; meetings about the film’s story are currently underway.
The sequel to 2008’s “Mamma Mia” (“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”) made $400 million worldwide, a drop from the original’s $615 million. But with “A Star Is Born” ($350M) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” ($534M) making waves at the box office this year, and the Elton John drama “Rocketman” and the big screen version of “Cats” set to hit theatres next year, a musical with Prince’s music would seem to be a no-brainer; “Bohemian Rhapsody”, in fact, is the highest-earning musical biopic to date.
As Variety points out, 2007’s “Across The Universe” followed a similar premise, with The Beatles’ songs used as the storyline’s driving force.
Prior to his death in 2016, Prince’s career spanned decades, selling more than 100 million records and earning a number of awards, including eight Grammies and two Academy Awards.