Aretha Franklin Documentary Coming To Theaters In 2019

December 8, 2018  |  

Aretha Franklin Recording

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A documentary about the late Queen of Soul that had been sitting in the vault for over 40 years is finally coming to theaters. Variety reports that the Aretha Franklin documentary titled Amazing Grace will debut in theaters in 2019.

Amazing Grace was filmed in 1972 by Sydney Pollack at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles and was meant to accompany her album of the same title. Unfortunately, it wasn’t released due to technical issues. The Amazing Grace album went on to becoming her best selling album.

Producer Alan Elliott acquired the movie rights in 2007 and began working with many producers to prepare for its release. Ms. Franklin was not on board though and actually went to court to stop the release of the documentary. The film is now being released next year with the support of her estate.

Amazing Grace is the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin,” Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and personal representative of her estate told Variety. “This film is authentic and is my aunt to her core. Our family couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience the genius of her work and spirit through this film.”

In the film, Franklin sings live versions of “Mary Don’t You Weep,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Precious Memories,” Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” and an 11-minute version of “Amazing Grace.”

The documentary was already screened at the American Film Institute Festival last month.

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