EXCLUSIVE: Cher simply tweeted out that on the eve of celebrating her seventy fifth birthday Thursday, she’ll have her life story unfold on film screens by Common Photos. It’s a main effort with heavy hitters, and right here’s what is occurring.
The as but untitled movie will likely be scripted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth, whose latest efforts embrace adapting Killers of the Flower Moon that’s presently in manufacturing with Martin Scorsese directing Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, and co-writing the upcoming Denis Villenueve-directed Dune epic. The Cher movie will likely be produced by Judy Craymer — whose brainstorm it was to show the ABBA tune catalog into the stage musical smash Mamma Mia! — and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the Mamma Mia! movies with Craymer. That duo will produce with Cher, who starred within the Mamma Mia! sequel.
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Roth, who scripted the Cher-starrer Suspect years in the past, received his Oscar for Forrest Gump. His means to discover a deal with for a story that spanned a long time will likely be helpful right here, as a result of the story of Cher spans nearly as a lot time. She advanced from being a shy duo accomplice to a pioneer for feminine entertainers in tune, style and celeb, unafraid to talk her thoughts and champion worthy causes. Her skilled rise started when she moved to Los Angeles at 16 and befriended Sonny Bono whereas he was working for file producer Phil Spector within the early ’60s. She quickly was singing backup on hits together with “Be My Child” and “You’ve Misplaced That Lovin’ Feelin.” Her emotions for Bono quickly turned amorous, they usually married and started working collectively.
Cher may have gone solo from the beginning however a contact of stage fright was alleviated originally by having Sonny up there singing together with her. “I Obtained You Babe” made them huge stars within the ’60s, and by the early ’70s they grew to become CBS primetime stars on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, and her penchant for sporting daring outfits began her rise as a style icon. They divorced in 1975, and he or she flourished solo with hits together with “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” and “Half-Breed.” By the Eighties Cher redefined herself once more as a dramatic actress, starring in movies together with Silkwood, Masks and The Witches of Eastwick, culminating in a Greatest Actress Oscar win for Moonstruck in 1987. She has adopted that with extra hits, together with “I Discovered Somebody,” “If I Might Flip Again Time” and “Imagine.” She has offered greater than 100 million information in her profession, and been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights and HIV/AIDS consciousness and prevention, amongst different causes.
Cher acquired to know Craymer and Goetzman making 2018’s Mamma Mia! Right here We Go Once more, and Craymer mentioned it was a simple match to staff up. Years in the past, Craymer aligned the Mamma Mia! stage present rights with Common’s Donna Langley and Goetzman, and it grew to become considered one of Common’s greatest international hits. This was a simple touchdown place. They’re holding actual particulars of the movie to themselves, nevertheless it won’t be a break-into-song musical like Mamma Mia! and doubtless extra seemingly a better cousin to a biopic like Bohemian Rhapsody. Common VP Manufacturing Lexi Barta will oversee for the studio.
“Gary and I are thrilled to be working with Cher once more and this time bringing her empowering and true life odyssey to the massive display. One can’t assist however be drawn to and impressed by Cher’s bigger than life expertise, fortitude, distinctive wit, heat and imaginative and prescient,” Craymer mentioned. “Her unparalleled success in music movie and TV have impressed generations. We couldn’t be happier to inform her story to cinema audiences.”