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WE’VE lost ARETHA FRANKLIN but her story will live on. JEN­NIFER HUD­SON, the singer-ac­tress “anointed by Aretha Franklin her­self” will still be play­ing the Queen of Soul in a movie based on her life, ac­cord­ing to one of the film’s pro­duc­ers, CLIVE DAVIS. “We’re go­ing for­ward and mak­ing the movie that Aretha wanted to make,” said Har­vey Ma­son Jnr, a long­time mu­sic pro­ducer for Aretha who’d been work­ing with the singer on the movie for the past year and a half un­til her death last month.

The only hitch is that the film has no di­rec­tor and pos­si­bly no script, but no­body will say for sure.

There have been plans for an Aretha movie for years – back in 2011 the singer said she wanted Halle Berry to play her, but Halle po­litely de­clined, say­ing she “couldn’t carry a tune”, and the cur­rent project was de­layed by Aretha’s de­mands that she cast ev­ery char­ac­ter her­self.

But her death could breathe new life into the movie. Aretha’s fam­ily, who will likely con­trol her es­tate, will prob­a­bly be a lit­tle less finicky over de­tails like the cast­ing of grand­moth­ers, The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter noted.

‘We’re mak­ing the movie that Aretha wanted to make’ – HAR­VEY MA­SON JNR

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