Whitney Houston, making her first return to movies since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife," is in negotiations to star in "Sparkle," Sony Pictures remake of the 1976 music-themed drama. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and actor Mike Epps also are set to star.
Mara Brock Akil, who created and executive produces BET's hit comedy "The Game," wrote the script while husband Salim Akil, who has helmed every episode of Game and many episodes of the UPN hit "Girlfriends," is directing. Derba Martin Chase is producing.
The original "Sparkle" was inspired by the story of the Supremes, and centered on the three Williams sisters, who begin singing in their church choir in Harlem in the late 1950s and become a successful girl group. Their sudden rise unravels their personal lives.