Walt Disney Studios is working with Lionel Richie to produce an original movie musical based on Lionel Richie’s greatest hits.
Richie, who will be turning 71 on June 20th, has a number of hits through his funk and soul group The Commodores. He was one of the biggest artists of the ’80s, Richie had his greatest hits varying from “All Night Long,” and “Hello” and “Say You, Say Me” to “Endless Love” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
Lionel Richie has sold more than 90 million records, won four Grammys, and, with Michael Jackson, co-wrote “We Are the World.” He is also a three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song, with one win in 1986 for the song “Say You Say Me” from the film “White Nights.”
Variety confirmed that Disney Studios is working with Lionel Richie on developing the film titled ‘All Night Long’ which Richie shared on his Instagram page with an article written by Variety, stating that there are “Big things in the works!”
American musical artist, Tauren Wells responded in a comment saying that he should play the role of young Lionel Richie and Richie responded back with, “Ha, no question” along with a big smile emoji.
Richie and his manager Bruce Eskowitz will produce the musical with Dana Brunetti and Matt Del Piano of Cavalry Media.
Pete Chiarelli, who is the Crazy Rich Asians co-writer, is working on the screenplay. The original movie musical is said to not be developed as a biographical film, but more in line with how Mamma Mia took the songs of the pop band ABBA and built a story around them.
Richie is currently one of the judges on American Idol, which is now Disney-owned ABC and is excited to be developing and producing a musical with Disney.
Fans are definitely excited and cannot wait to see the final film in hopes that it is as classic as the legend Lionel Richie himself.