“Our family couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience the genius of her work and spirit through this film.”
The Aretha Franklin Estate has reached an agreement with film distributor, Neon, to release the long-delayed concert film, Amazing Grace, in theaters next year.
According to Rolling Stone, the film will see an early 2019 release, after decades of legal and technical battles with the late soul giant, who disapproved of the final product and barred its distribution in 2015. Directed by Sydney Pollack, Amazing Grace captures two consecutive nights of performance at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, backed Reverend James Cleveland on piano, Bernard Purdie on drums, Cornel Dupree on guitar, and the Southern California Community Choir.
The film saw its premiere in early November at The DOC NYC Film Festival and is already being heralded as one of the year’s best pictures. A precise date for its nationwide release has yet to arrive, but it shouldn’t be long now.
In the meantime, you can watch a trailer for Amazing Grace below. Stay tuned for updates in the weeks ahead.