TriStar Pictures presents the Bishop T.D. Jakes and Whitney Houston executive produced remake of Sparkle, starring Jordan Sparks as Sparkle, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps (Friday After Next), Omar Hardwick (The A-Team), Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher), Carmen Ejogo (Glory) and Tika Sumpter (“Gossip Girl”) – it arrived in theaters on August 17, 2012. The film offers stellar performances by all; even CeeLo Greens’ small part was bigger than life.
Directed by Salim Akil (Jumping The Broom) and written by Mara Brock Akil (“The Game), Sparkle not only didn’t disappoint but the customs, hair and music was utterly breathtaking. Even though watching the late Houston was tear-jerking in itself, it didn’t overshadow her magnificent performance and those of her co-stars. The storyline (by Joel Schumacher and Howard Rosenman), though in line with the original, had some new twist to it which includes new music by R. Kelly.
Produced by Debra Martin (Just Wright), along with Jakes, the Akils and Curtis Wallace (Not Easily Broken), Sparkle is just one of many projects coming from Bishop Jakes.
“I’m working on a lot of things,” said the Bishop. “I want to bring Sparkle to Broadway; I have a film, Heaven’s for Real, a faith based movie coming out in the spring of 2013; an indie film Winnie, a story about Mandela’s marriage to Winnie and what it brought to the table, and “Women Thou Art Loosed: on the 7th Day” is coming out on DVD.”
With all these projects going on and Bishop Jakes currently promoting Sparkle you would think it was all taking away from his unprecedented way of spreading the Gospel, but according to him that is not so, “The church still sees me as a pastor,” he said. “What people don’t know is that the church is not making movies… it’s a whole separate company, separate staff, separate facilities. The advantage is I draw more entrepreneurs and business people. It changed me because I get out officiating close to people who see life from one sphere… yet staying true to who I am. There are all kinds of ways of going into the world.”
The Bishop hopes that Sparkle unify people through music, “The Original Sparkle is historical, has music and cultural value and the role music plays from a sociological perspective reminds young people who we come from. The struggles and challenges of life are still the same.”
So it is and as in the film Sparkle in the end it all works out for those that love God and ‘try’ to work towards God’s purpose. To name a specific actor for their outstanding performance would be to downplay the stellar performances by them all. I certainly see multi-awards being racked up on this project. Bravo!
Rated PG-13, see the movie trailer for Sparkle and learn more on the actors by visiting www.Sparkle-Movie.com.