Saturday, September 27, 2008
Old School: Sparkle
Sparkle was a movie released in 1976 that was inspired by the singing group, The Supremes. Sparkle is a period film set in Harlem, New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s which follows the rough lives and careers of singer Sparkle Williams and her family and friends. Most definitely low-budget and reminiscent of the blaxploitation films of the era, Sparkle had one of the best soundtracks of all time (before "soundtracks" for movies were even popular!). The group EnVogue took like three of their best-selling singles from this movie! If you ever come across the movie, it might remind you of Dreamgirls.
Rumors had been circulating that Whitney Houston's BrownHouse Productions had planned a modernized remake of Sparkle and Aaliyah was signed to star as Sparkle, but died in August 2001 before production began. Although the film was put on hold following the singer's death, Ashanti was later attached to star as Sparkle in a remake. In 2003, Warner Bros. announced plans to go forward with the production with Raven-Symoné in the lead. But, with the release of a film version of Dreamgirls in 2006, development on Sparkle was shut down. I absolutely love this movie!