Before her shocking death this weekend at the age of 48, Whitney Houston had completed what was expected to be her comeback to the big screen: a remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. Co-starring American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green, the movie was to be the first for Houston since The Preacher’s Wife in 1996. Houston was an executive producer on the film and contributed to its soundtrack.
Sparkle is set to be released August 17. While the movie would have drawn fans even without the weekend’s tragic news, Houston’s passing will likely draw even more attention as the premiere approaches. The movie’s distributor, Sony, also worked on This Is It, Michael Jackson’s posthumous concert film.
After news broke on Saturday, sales of Houston’s music spiked, taking the top three spots on iTunes and a number of top spots on Amazon.