There are still a couple of months left before Sparkle hits theaters, but there are already talks circulating about turning the film into not only a book but also a Broadway musical. Howard Rosenman, the film’s original producer and writer as well as the 2012 version’s executive producer, has been working with Joel Schumacher, who directed the latest film version of The Phantom of the Opera, to add five more songs to the soundtrack already provided by Curtis Mayfield (who penned the 1976 version) and R.Kelly who wrote songs for the upcoming movie.
Rosenman said that Whitney Houston was very inspired by the girl in the film. And when he asked her to play the mom, she was very excited by the idea. Whitney has two songs on the soundtrack.
Rosenman also said that the rights to turn the movie’s story into a book were sold a month and a half ago to Simon & Schuster. The novel is slated to release on Aug 7, which is 10 days before the film premieres.
While the book adaptation seems to be already in motion, the Broadway version is still on the discussion table.