A Mamma Mia-style Prince movie is in the works

The film will be an original story inspired by Prince’s greatest hits, rather than a biopic

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It’s time to party like it’s 1999! Because a new movie based on the music of Prince is in the works.


Universal Pictures has confirmed a deal with the late music legend’s estate, acquiring the rights to a number of classic Prince tracks to develop a musical with a storyline inspired by his songs.

According to Variety, the movie will not be a biopic like the 1984 film Purple Rain, but will instead be in a similar vein to Universal’s blockbuster franchise Mamma Mia – which uses Abba songs to drive an original, fictional narrative.

No plot details have been revealed at this stage, but with hits such as I Wanna Be Your Lover, Little Red Corvette and Sexy M.F, we’re guessing there’ll be a boy-meets-girl storyline involved.


The news of a Prince movie comes following the announcement that Universal has secured the rights to George Michael’s music for a Christmas film, starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, which is slated for release in November 2019.