Lionel Richie movie musical in the works

Lionel RichieWalt Disney Studios is developing a new movie musical using the hit songs of Lionel Richie.

According to a report by Variety, the tentative title of the project is All Night Long after one of Richie’s 1983 Grammy-nominated song of the same name. Richie reportedly pitched the idea back in January.

Peter Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians, The Proposal) will be penning the script while Richie and his manager Bruce Eskowitz will be producing along with Dana Brunetti and Matt Del Piano of Cavalry Media.

While musical biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody with Rami Malek and Rocketman with Taron Egerton have been enjoying much success in recent years, this new project seems to be more in line with jukebox musicals like Mamma Mia! which featured the songbook of ABBA. The film even got a sequel ten years later in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, reuniting most of the original cast while including younger versions of the other characters.

Other examples of jukebox musical movies are 2014’s Jersey Boys directed by Clint Eastwood, 2012’s Rock of Ages, and 2007’s Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor and featuring the songs of the Beatles. No further details have been provided about this project. But if this is truly the direction the film will be taking, there are more than enough hit songs in Richie’s repertoire to tell an entertaining story.

Lionel Richie is a multi-award winning musician who has also sold more than 100 million records worldwide. He won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “Say You, Say Me” from the 1985 film White Nights. Among his Grammy wins are the 1985 Song of the Year “We Are the World” which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson. He was most recently seen as a judge on American Idol.

Watch this space for more updates on All Night Long.