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Musical prodigy Sparkle struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother, she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
In Theaters: August 17, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking) Genres.
Run Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Distributors: TriStar Pictures
Production Status: In Production / Awaiting Release
Filming Locations: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Produced In;: nited States
'SPARKLE' STILLS: 1 - 4 OF 13
Salim Akil: Director
Jordin Sparks: Sparkle
Mike Epps: Satin
CeeLo Green: Black
Carmen Ejogo: Sister
Tika Sumpter: Delores
Sparkle is an upcoming American musical film directed by Salim Akil and produced by Stage 6 Films, set for release on August 17, 2012 release by TriStar Pictures. Inspired by The Supremes, Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, which centered on three singing teenage sisters from Harlem who form a girl group in the late 1950s. The remake takes place in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s during the Motown era.
The film stars Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps, Cee Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Tamela Mann and Omari Hardwick. Sparkle features songs from the original film written by soul musician Curtis Mayfield as well as new compositions by R&B artist R. Kelly. This film will be the debut of R&B/pop singer and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks as an actress. Sparkle also marks Whitney Houston's fifth and final feature film role; she died on February 11, 2012, three months after filming ended. The film will be dedicated to her memory.
Musical prodigy Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke), while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Dolores (Tika Sumpter) strive to become a singing group during the Motown era. In the meantime, Sister begins an affair with abusive, treacherous drug lord, Satin (Mike Epps).
In the mid-1990s, BrownHouse Productions, run by Whitney Houston and Debra Martin Chase (One of the producers of the film) secured the rights to a Sparkle remake from Warner Bros. Houston had intended to cast R&B singer Aaliyah in the lead role as Sparkle, but due to Aaliyah's untimely death in August 2001, before the film went into production plans to remake the film was put on hold. Following the 2011 release of their first feature, Jumping the Broom, Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, the creative team behind the TV series The Game and Girlfriends, took on Sparkle as their next project, with Houston executive producing and starring as the mother of the three girls.
Production for the film began on October 10, 2011 in Detroit. Filming wrapped up in early November 2011, with a release date scheduled for August 17, 2012. The official trailer for "Sparkle" was released on April 2, 2012 and premiered on The Today Show with the release of the trailer the films producer Debra Martin Chase said she had mixed emotions with the trailer's release "On the one hand, I'm so excited about the movie and we're really happy with how it turned out," she said. "(But) just to have it said yet again that this is Whitney's last performance, it's hard. It's hard." 
Howard Rosenman, the original's producer-writer and executive producer of the 2012 version of Sparkle, said a novelization of the movie will be released on August 7, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. Rosenman said Houston was influenced by the original movie as a girl and once went to see it every day for a week when she was a teenager. It apparently helped plant the dream in her to become a singer. When the new version was coming together, Rosenman approached her to play the girls' mother. She has two musical numbers in the film and on the soundtrack. Rosenman plans to team with director Joel Schumacher, one of the screenwriters of the original 1976 movie, to add five new songs to those by Curtis Mayfield (in the original) and R. Kelly (in the 2012 version) for a Broadway musical of Sparkle.
In December 2011, Sony announced the United States release date for "Sparkle" would be set for August 10, 2012. This was later pushed back by a week to August 17, 2012.
Main article: Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The film's soundtrack Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is set to include all the songs from the original film's soundtrack as well as new original music by Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston and Cee Lo Green. The soundtrack's first official lead single is the last song recorded by Whitney Houston before she passed away on February 11, 2012, a duet with R&B/pop singer and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks on a song called "Celebrate". The song premiered on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on May 21, 2012 and was made available for digital download on iTunes on June 5. Whitney Houston's other track, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow", debuted only one day after the premiere of "Celebrate". The official music video for Celebrate was filmed on May 30, 2012. It made its world premiere on BET's 106 & Park on June 27, 2012. For the week ending August 18, 2012 Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has already debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 26, number 7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at number 1 on the Billboard Soundtracks chart.