After "Bohemian Rhapsody", A Prince Movie Is In The Works

Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to a number of Prince songs with the aim of creating a movie to emulate the success of the Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody, Yahoo! reports.

But, unlike the Freddie Mercury biopic, the new production will involve a fictional story inspired by classic tracks, after producers were said to have decided that Prince’s 1984 movie Purple Rain had “largely covered” the biographical approach.

Instead, Universal chairman Donna Langley “wanted to do something original and outside the box.” “Meetings have begun with potential writers and producers and execs are hoping the film can be something like Universal’s [Abba-themed] Mama Mia, with a completely original story where Prince’s music helps drive that narrative," the report noted. "Though the film isn’t a biopic, studios around town have been on the look for the next great musical after the success of Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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