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Updates On Fantasia Barrino's Mahalia Jackson Project...

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 9, 2011 4:38 AM
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So, I assume that by now we've all settled into the news that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino will star as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a new biographical film, right?

If not, well, better get used it, because it's pretty much a done deal, with Euzhan Palcy directing from a script based on the Jules Schwerin book, Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.

A few new bits of news about the project have surfaced that I thought worth sharing, all courtesy of a New York Post profile of the film printed on their website earlier this morning.

First, one significant item we didn't yet know, and thus haven't reported yet, is the film's budget. The New York Post lists it at $23.9 million, which, I think is actually a healthy amount, given the focus and the talent involved, and the fact that it falls under Hollywood's "black film" umbrella - films that usually don't get that much money. Although I believe this project is independently financed.

Secondly, Fantasia reportedly has a deal that would get her a percentage of the film's box office gross! Whoa! That's unheard of for a talent of her stature, isn't it? Only folks like Will Smith get those kinds of back-end deals. There still isn't a lot of info available on this, but I'm guessing Fantasia might be getting a producer credit as well.

And lastly, the movie is endorsed by Mahalia Jackson's estate, who have granted exclusive worldwide rights to Mahalia’s story, the name “Mahalia” and “Mahalia Jackson”, as have given their approval of eighteen of Ms. Jackson's original recordings, for use in the film and the soundtrack CD.

Production was supposed to begin in April, but I'm not sure that it actually has yet.

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9 Comments

  • Ann Hatcher | June 10, 2011 9:58 AMReply

    Im doing me this time around. Id rather be by myself then to have someone thats gonna bring me down -fantasia barrino

    Am excited about the upcoming American idol liver tour, hope fantasia barrino too appears for the tour. Ticket sales have already started, you can find them here http://bit.ly/idolstour11

  • bsk | June 10, 2011 5:04 AMReply

    Thrilled to see positive news about Fantasia!!!
    She's such a creative and talented artist, which is what matters most. That, and now a good business rep . . .
    LOVE Fanny!

  • jrsells | June 9, 2011 12:16 PMReply

    people please stop falling for all the flith you hear... Don't ya'll find it ironic that everything Fantasia is doing something great or that would bring her the celebrity stature she deserves, something totally negative and left field comes out! someone in the industry is trying to destroy her and keep her from succeeding... You can't believe everything you hear! God Bless you Fantasia and I'm personally looking forward to seeing it!

  • Qadree Woodland | June 9, 2011 10:27 AMReply

    I have no idea what Fantasia's contract looks like, but I would guess that it's probably not a dollar-one gross deal that only a few select stars get.

    She might get a percentage of the gross after the film has grossed a certain amount and other people or entities who are getting dollar one have been paid, but in Hollywood that means you might end up with a percentage of nothing.

  • RASHARD CAMPBELL | June 9, 2011 9:53 AMReply

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN PEOPLE LIKE WILL SMITH FANTASIA HAD TO GAIN 30-40 POUNDS SHE DESERVES ALL THE MONEY SHE CAN GET

  • Cherish | June 9, 2011 8:04 AMReply

    Wow, good for her.

  • Rand0528 | June 9, 2011 7:37 AMReply

    So happy for you Fantasia. Hoping and praying for you much success on this film, you deserve it.
    Hard work and dedication will pay off. BLESS

  • Max | June 9, 2011 5:28 AMReply

    I agree!!!! I just hope the recent rumor arent true, Idont want anthing elsa to over shadow this moment.

  • MR. Beans | June 9, 2011 5:18 AMReply

    A great opp for Fantasia!

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