UPDATED: I have learned that A24 will collaborate on Ronnie Spector’s film with New Regency. The two previously collaborated in the film directed by Robert Eggers The lighthouse, and are part of Malcolm and Marie movie.
EXCLUSIVE: A24 is putting together a film package that will win an Emmy Euphoria star Zendaya played singer Ronnie Spector in a movie about her life. Agreements have just been concluded for Spector’s lifetime rights and for Be my treasure, the memoir he wrote with Vince Waldron. I’ve heard that the first conversations are taking place with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury to write the screenplay.
The film will be produced by Marc Platt, who is producing the film directed by Rob Marshall The Little Mermaid, dear Evan Hansen is Evil. Jonathan Greenfield and Spector will be executive producers and Zendaya will also be involved as a producer as all of these deals come together.
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Just the way Aretha Franklin personally supported Jennifer Hudson to play her in the upcoming MGM biopic Respect, Spector chose Zendaya as an actress who wished to play her in her early years. The singer grew up in Spanish Harlem and founded the Ronettes girls’ group with her older sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley. They were signed by the famous unstable record producer Phil Spector to his Philles Records label and had their hit there in 1963 “Be My Baby”. She married Spector and, as she writes in the book, it was clear that she had made a big mistake when she woke up one morning to the sound of the bars installed on the windows of their villa. She cunningly fought for the rights to her music in the ensuing divorce and was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He got a second wind when he reprized his most famous hit by singing a duet with Eddie Money on “Take Me Home Tonight” in 1986.
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It looked like the film would take root at Fox last year, but the sale of that studio to Disney cut its momentum. A24 is a good fit, as it produces Euphoria for HBO. Zendaya just became the youngest actress to win lead actress in a drama series – she’s 24 – and the second black woman to win that category after Viola Davis in 2015. She’s a sexy young actress as you’ll find. To go with his work Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequels, he co-stars in the next film directed by Denise Villenueve Dune, and also Malcolm and Marie. About that, he asked Euphoria The EP Sam Levinson to write a film that could be shot during the pandemic. They have Principle’s John David Washington as co-star, and the resulting low-budget black-and-white film created a hot auction at the Toronto Film Festival Market before Netflix bought it for $ 30 million.
The life rights and book deals were made jointly by Ronnie manager Jon Greenfield and Hotchkiss Daily & Associates. Zendaya is represented by CAA, Monster Talent Management and its attorneys from Skrzyniarz & Mallean.