The Queen of Soul is talking to the Lifetime channel about a biopic, reports Billboard.
According to the story, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, "during a recent visit to New York … met with the Lifetime channel [about a biopic] and is also in talks with potential producers about coming on board. 'We're very, very close to signatures on one agreement,' Franklin reports. 'It's just a matter of our coming to terms and agreeing about what we're doing to do.'
The article says that according to Franklin, "leading her list" to portray her in the biopic are Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson and six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald. [To read an essay by TVWeek open Mic blogger Chuck Ross about McDonald's current Broadway show, in which she portrays jazz great Billie Holiday, please click here.]
Franklin is also working on her first album in three years. Already recorded are cover versions of Gladys Knight & the Pips’ "Midnight Train to Georgia," Barbra Streisand’s "People," Donna Summer’s "Last Dance" and Tina Turner’s "What’s Love Got to Do With It," the Billborad article says.
Franklin also plans to record a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" for the album, which could be out as soon as September, according to the story.
The article adds that Franklin has been recording with producers Babyface and Daryl Simmons, and will likely also do four tracks that will be produced by OutKast's Andre 3000.
Here's a YouTube video of Franklin singing "Natural Woman" at the 1994 Grammys: