It has been 45 years in the making, but it is sure worth the wait.
After a legal battle and technical difficulties, the Aretha Franklin concert film is finally heading to the big screen. Deadline reports that Neon has acquired the North American rights to the iconic singer’s documentary, Amazing Grace. The deal was negotiated by Neon and Endeavor Content on behalf of filmmakers. The news comes one month after the movie premiered at DOC NYC.
Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and personal representative of the Aretha Franklin Estate, said in a statement: “Amazing Grace is the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin. This film is authentic and is my aunt to her core. Our family couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience the genius of her work and spirit through this film.”
The 1972 concert was shot by Sydney Pollack at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. It chronicles Franklin’s return to gospel at the age of 29 and the genesis of the biggest gospel album to date.
Neon is planning an early 2019 theatrical release.