August 14, 2012
For producer Debra Martin Chase, it’s been a long journey. After years of trying to get it done, and after the death of her friend and co-producer, the late Whitney Houston, who died earlier this year, Martin Chase is ready to see her latest production, Sparkle, in theaters on August 17th.
Directed by Salim Akil, the film stars Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Cee-Lo Green, Tamela Mann, Terrence J, and Michael Beach.
A remake of the 1976 urban classic, “Sparkle” tells the story of the title character; Sparkle, (Jordin Sparks) the youngest of three sisters and a music prodigy who struggles to becomes a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. Sparkle is from an affluent Detroit area, naive to the unexpected experiences her new life will bring as she and her two sisters blossom into a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
Martin Chase, who has numerous films such as The Preacher’s Wife, The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and it sequel, and 2010’s Just Wright, recently spoke with Blackfilm.com journalist Elle Castro about the remake of Sparkle, and working without her co-producer, the late Whitney Houston, who died earlier this year.
Debra Martin Chase talks Sparkle