Celine Dion’s life is set to be made into a biopic movie, Variety has revealed exclusively. The movie, ‘The Power of Love’ will reportedly have a $23 million budget (£17.5 million) and will be made by French studio Gaumont.
Directed by Valerie Lemercier, she will also star in the movie as Dion. Lemercier is a 54-year-old French actress, writer and singer who has a lengthy film and singing career dating back to 1989.
‘The Power of Love’ will chronicle Dion’s rise to fame, from a shy French Canadian girl to one of the most successful singers of all time. It will also explore her evolving relationship with her manager and husband, the late René Angélil, whom she began working with at just 12-years-old.
Cecile Gaget of Gaumont studio said that the movie would be in a similar vein of other recent biopic films, such as Bohemian Rhapsody about the late Freddie Mercury and the upcoming Rocket Man about Sir Elton John.
Gaget confirmed that Dion had given permission for the film to use her full catalogue of songs. The film’s soundtrack will include Dion classics ‘My Heart Will Go On,’ ‘All By Myself’ and ‘I’m Alive.’
He said: “The Power of Love’ is a potential box office hit accessible to independent distributors.”
Lemercier said she was profoundly moved by Dion’s grief for her late husband, who lost his battle to cancer in 2016.
“I discovered the strength of their love story and their great humour, and I better understood how the alchemy of their three individual ambitions made an unwanted, little girl the greatest star on the planet,” she said.
Gaget added that much like Dion, Lemercier is a successful singer and is also an ‘overachiever.’
“Valerie Lemercier is impressive onstage. She’s a powerhouse who knows how to move and how to dance. And she’s an perfectionist and an overachiever in many ways like Dion,” he said.
The film is slated for a French release date of December 2nd, 2020.