After Celine Dion’s “Biopic” Gets US Distribution, Iconic Singer Announces “Very Personal” Documentary
Celine Dion’s heart will continue in two projects on the big screen.
A day after a film based loosely on her life was released in the United States, the singer’s longtime record label announced the start of production on an untitled feature documentary.
Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content division, in partnership with SME Canada and Vermilion Films, released plans for the project led by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor, whose first feature documentary, “Hear and Now,” won both a Peabody and the Audience Award at Sundance in 2007.
The powerful singer – known for his ubiquitous pop ballads such as “Because You Loved Me”, “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” and “My Heart Will Go On” (from “Titanic”) – has announced the upcoming film on social networks and on its website.
“It’s official. We are starting production of my official documentary. Looking forward to working closely with [filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky] and @sonymusic on this project – a very personal project that will show everyone a part of me they’ve never seen before, ”Dion tweeted.
“I’ve always been an open book with my fans, and with her sensitivity and thoughtful creativity, I think Irene will be able to show everyone a part of me that they’ve never seen before,” Dion said in a separate statement. “I know she will tell my story in the most honest and sincere way.”
Currently untitled, the project is billed as “the definitive feature film for one of the most immediately recognized, respected and successful performers in pop music history”. Sony Music Entertainment funds and distributes the film.
The 53-year-old French-Canadian superstar is a five-time Grammy-winning artist who has sold over 250 million records in his 40-year career.
The producers noted that it will be made with Dion’s “full participation and support” and will examine his life story as well as his career.
The project’s release date has not been announced.
Meanwhile, a film titled “Aline (The Voice of Love)” has been acquired by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films for distribution in the United States early next year.
The critical musical drama, loosely based on Dion, having its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, has generated a lot of buzz.
To begin with, the actress-director of the film, Valérie Lemercier, 57, plays a Celine Dion character at every age of her life, including at 5 years old.
To its credit, the daring film had a disclaimer with the opening title card stating, “This film is inspired by the life of Celine Dion. It is, however, a work of fiction.
According to Variety, “Aline” will be released on November 10 in French theaters.