The long-discussed Aretha Franklin biopic is closer to beingproduced, the Queen Of Soul revealed during a phone call on Wednesday's episodeof "The Wendy Williams Show."
"For the last four years we've been talking about that," Franklin said. "And Ihave had a number of offers, but unfortunately, they were not good offers. Now,we have something on the table. They have all of the financing on one project.The second project, he's in the process of writing things for me to approve onthe telefilm."
The "Respect" singer mentioned speaking to Terrance Howardabout playing Smokey Robinson.
Aside from the film, Franklinwas eager to discuss one of her favorite contemporary songs, R. Kelly's throwbacksoul ballad "When A Woman Loves." "I think any woman that's ever been in lovewill readily relate to that song," she said. "He is singing that song. He issinging his heart, his soul out."
Franklingushed about her admiration for the singer. "You know, if he isn't careful, Imight become a cougar," she joked.
Recovering from surgery for an undisclosed illness, Franklin said her health isnow "superb." "I have two more weeks of downtime before I can get out," shesaid during a call from a Casino hotel in downtown Detroit where she is spending a few days fora change of scenery.
Franklin said her canceled concert dates at Radio City,Kansas City, Washington and Virginia will be the first rescheduled.
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