Could Whitney Houston be headed back to the big screen? Variety reports that the diva, whose last starring theatrical role was 1996″s “The Preacher”s Wife,” is in negotiations to join a remake of “Sparkle.” (Not to be confused with Mariah Carey’s dreadful “Glitter.”)
The original, which came out in 1976, focused on three sisters in the late ’50s who go from their church choir to forming a successful girl group. Sounds perfect for Houston, given her background singing in the church. The remake will be set in Detroit in the late ’60s, to coincide with Motown”s heyday. Supremes anyone?
Also set to star in the Sony project are “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps. The story will revolve around Sparks” character, the youngest of the three sisters. No word yet on what Houston”s role would be or who would play the other sister(s).
Sparks linked to the story on her Twitter page, tweeting, “omg omg, i”m so excited!”