The still-untitled film will be scripted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth, whose recent efforts include adapting The Flower Moon Killers which is currently in production with Martin Scorsese who directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, and is co-writing the upcoming film directed by Denis Villenueve Dune epic. The film Cher will be produced by Judy Craymer – whose brainstorming was to turn the ABBA song catalog into a musical success on stage Mamma Mia! – and Gary Goetzman of Playtone, who produced the Mamma Mia! films with Craymer. This duo will produce with Cher, who starred in the Mamma Mia! after. Dear just produced Kaavan, the loneliest elephant in the world, which airs on Paramount.com and The Smithsonian Channel.
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Roth, who scripted the Cher-star Suspect years ago, won his Oscar for Forrest Gump. His ability to find a handle for a tale that has spanned decades will come in handy here, as the Cher story spans just about as long. She has gone from being a shy duo partner to a trailblazer for female singing, fashion, and celebrity artists, unafraid to speak out and champion worthy causes. Her professional rise began when she moved to Los Angeles at age 16 and befriended Sonny Bono while working for record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s. She quickly sang from backing up on hits such as “Be My Baby” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin ‘Feelin”. Her feelings for Bono quickly fell in love, and they got married and started working together.
Cher could have gone solo from the start, but a touch of stage fright was toned down at first by blackmailing Sonny with her. “I Got You Babe” made them massive stars in the ’60s, and by the early’ 70s they became CBS prime time stars on Time for comedy Sonny & Cher, and her penchant for wearing bold outfits began to become a fashion icon. They divorced in 1975 and she blossomed solo with hits such as “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” and “Half-Breed”. In the 1980s, Cher redefined herself as a dramatic actress, starring in films including Silkwood mask and The Witches of Eastwick, culminating in an Oscar for Best Actress for Dreamer in 1987. She followed this with more successes including “I Found Someone”, “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe”. She has sold over 100 million records during her career and has long championed LGBTQ rights and HIV / AIDS awareness and prevention, among other causes.
Cher met Craymer and Goetzman in 2018 Mamma Mia! Here we go again, and Craymer said it was an easy game to team up. Years ago, Craymer aligned the Mamma Mia! Performing rights on stage with Universal’s Donna Langley and Goetzman, and it became one of Universal’s biggest global hits. It was an easy landing spot. They keep the exact details of the movie to themselves, but it won’t be a break-in musical like Mamma Mia! and probably more likely a closer cousin of a biopic like Rhapsodie bohémienne. Universal VP Production Lexi Barta will oversee the studio.
“Gary and I are delighted to be working with Cher again and this time bringing her a true odyssey of life on the big screen. You can’t help but be drawn to and inspired by Cher’s larger than life talent, courage, unique spirit, warmth and vision, ”said Craymer. “His unprecedented success in musical films and television has inspired generations. We couldn’t be happier to tell his story to cinema audiences.