Honey director Bille Woodruff is to deliver a new biopic of Florence Ballard, the original lead singer of The Supremes. She was infamously later overshadowed by Diana Ross, and this story was already fictionalised in a couple of well-known movies, Sparkle and Dreamgirls.
Entitled Blondie, the film’s screenplay has been adapted by Karen Spencer and Roy Fegan from Peter Benjaminson’s book The Lost Supreme. It promises to portray “shocking details of Florence’s life from her moments of joy and success to her devastating betrayal and the actual cause of her premature death at the young age of 32.”
I’m hoping for something more like Sam O’Steen’s undervalued Sparkle than Bill Condon’s bloated Dreamgirls, but that’s just at the very least. It wouldn’t be impossible to leap frog all previous versions of this story quite comfortably.
According to the film’s producers, via press release, Faith Evans has been cast in the lead role of Ballard. Bleeding Cool’s investigations have led to a tip-off that the role of Diana Ross has been offered to Taraji P. Henson, though she has apparently yet to sign on. We’ve asked for more info, and I’ll update you should what we learn prove noteworthy.
Here’s a YouTube video that provides a comparison between two versions of People – one sung by Ballard, the other by Diana Ross.