Film will Celebrate the Life of the Great Mahalia Jackson
Not only was she one of the most celebrated gospel artists of all-time, but Mahalia Jackson was also the woman who inspired Martin Luther King to talk about his dream during the famous March on Washington. So, it only makes sense that Jackson would have a movie done that celebrates her extraordinary life. We just hope that they choose a person to portray her that actually does justice to the role, since her position in history is so well-respected. Hollywood, please do it the right way!
A new Mahalia Jackson biopic is in the early stages of development and is not to be confused with the film directed by Euzhan Palcy, starring Fantasia Barrino, according to Shadow and Act.
This Mahalia Jackson project will be directed by Vaun Monroe, a screenwriter/director and college professor at Columbia College in Chicago, and Chicago filmmaker Ruth L. Ratny, for Joyful Noise, LLC.
According to SaA, the Mahalia Jackson biopic will be based on her seminal biography, “Just Mahalia, Baby,” which was authored by close friend, Laurraine Goreau, who had access to a lifetime of Mahalia memorabilia. Goreau’s book is the source of most of the information publicly available about the gospel diva’s life and music.