If there’s one thing Hollywood is loving at the moment, it’s reboots, remakes and biopics. Okay so that’s three things, but who’s counting?!
Hot on the heels of a Freddie Mercury/Queen success, and the upcoming Elton John (“Rocket Man”) and David Bowie (“Stardust”) flicks, comes the latest in biopics – Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love” (a working title for now). The film is a a $23 million music-filled fiction film inspired by the life Canadian singer Celine Dion, and is in the works from French studio Gaumont.
So it’s not a biopic by definition, but a fictional “homage” that draws heavily from the details of the singer’s life and uses many of her hit songs. The film will be directed by Valerie Lemercier, who will also star as a character inspired by Dion. Lemercier plays “Aline,” a young woman who grows up in a large Canadian family, is discovered as a major talent in her teens, becomes a global sensation and experiences the tragedy of losing her husband, just as happened to Dion (via Variety).
“The Power of Love” chronicles Dion’s life from her birth and modest upbringing in Quebec in the 1960s to her extraordinary rise to fame as a teen, and also her relationships with her manager and husband, René Angélil, and her family. Dion and her record company have given the rights to her songs for the flick.
The film has been set for release in December 2020.