(The Root) — Veteran Hollywood producer Debra Martin Chase played a huge part in getting the 2012 version of Sparkle into theaters this week. But she’s quick to give credit to her homegirl and producing partner Whitney Houston for coming up with the idea for a remake in the first place.
“She called me up one day: ‘Girl, what do you think about remaking Sparkle? And I said, ‘You know, it’s one of my favorite movies — that’s a great idea,’ ” said Chase, recalling a decade-old phone conversation.
After that initial call, however, the project stalled for various reasons — the most notable one being the untimely death of Aaliyah. The RB ingenue was tapped to play the title character before her death in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001. It wasn’t until three years ago that Sony execs finally agreed that a Houston-led update