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[VH1 Report About 'Diva' - States Movie May Shift From Opera To R&B]

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VH1.com has spent many a night nestled in bed enjoying a peaceful slumber, only to bolt upright at 4 AM, wondering when Whitney Houston would once again grace the silver screen with a performance as consistently incandescent as her star turns in The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife.

Soon enough, VH1.com will enjoy an uninterrupted rest, since it has been announced that Mrs. Bobby Brown is set to take the title role in Diva. Variety reports that Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment has joined with Houston's Brownstone Productions in the production for a remake of Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1981 French thriller. Diana Ross was initially the favorite for the role, but her option expired a year and a half ago.

The Diva in question was originally an opera singer. Therein, a mail courier intends to surreptitiously tape a performance by his favorite singer, only to discover that he has recorded the confessions of a murdered prostitute instead. A shift in musical emphasis from opera to lush R&B is to be expected, although any singing from Houston is likely to entail much operatic bravura. Whether this role will involve effusing over a child, which Houston invariably does over her daughter Bobbi Kristina at awards shows, is as yet undetermined.

It's unlikely that Smith will appear in this Diva, although he has quite a penchant for remakes of classic cinema: He's reported to be starring in Jonathan Demme's update of the 1963 romantic thriller, Charade, which originally starred Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. At the moment, Smith is shooting the wholly original period golf pic The Legend of Bagger Vance.

NEWSFILE: 9 MARCH 2000

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