A Prince biopic is in early development

Prince, dressed in purple and riding a purple bike in Purple Rain (1984)
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The late rock star Prince is potentially getting the biopic treatment, with the film project based on his first wife’s memoir.

Prince, who passed away at the young age of 57 in 2016, is potentially getting a biopic based on his life and career. According to KFTV, which first reported the news, the biopic will be based on a memoir by Mayte Garcia, the rock star’s first wife.

The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince was first published in April 2017, and provided an intimate account of Garcia’s collaboration with Prince – she was a professional dancer when they first met in the early 1990s – their eventual marriage, the tragic death of their young son, Amiir, and the couple’s eventual break-up.

The book’s adaptation will be handled by Crazy Legs Features, a company previously known for producing such films as Home Safe, Deep Fake and Front Row Killer.

“Crazy Legs is a perfect partner to bring this deeply personal reflection of my life with Prince to the screen,” Garcia said in a statement. “Their diverse body of work shows an artistry and craft to tell personal stories about the most complex, most beautiful human beings. This film will provide an intimate look at the man I loved, our time together, and his lasting influence.”

The Prince project is in its early stages, with KFTV also reporting that the production company is on the lookout for a screenwriter willing to take on the job of adapting Garcia’s book for the screen.

Although Prince hasn’t been given the biopic treatment before, his big-screen debut, 1984’s Purple Rain, was somewhat autobiographical, being about a young musician (The Kid, played by Prince himself) who escapes his troubled roots by reinventing himself as a flamboyant rock star.

Made on a relatively low budget, Purple Rain was a major hit, bolstering Prince’s growing superstardom and paving the way for a career as a filmmaker through the 1980s and early 90s. He went on to direct the musical comedy Under The Cherry Moon (1986), concert film Sign O’ The Times (1987), Graffiti Bridge (1990) which was a sequel to Purple Rain, and 3 Chains O’ Gold (1994). None approached the enormous success of Purple Rain, but all remain worthwhile viewing for fans of the artist.

Assuming it happens, the Prince film is one of numerous biopics about famous musicians on the horizon. Bradley Cooper’s taken on the role of Leonard Bernstein in the upcoming Maestro; a movie about the turbulent life of Michael Jackson on the way, and Bob Marley’s getting similar treatment in next year’s One Love.

More news on The Most Beautiful biopic as we get it.

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