Jamaican-Canadian Stella Meghie will direct the Whitney Houston feature film “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” She’ll team up with Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Anthony McCarten, and Grammy Award-winning music producer, Clive Davis. The film is about Houston’s successes and legacy, but won’t shy away from the sad ending of her remarkable life.
Many of Meghie’s films are centered around black women, including “The Photograph” and “Jean of the Joneses” for which she used the influence of the strong Jamaican women she knew growing up. The film was her first feature and won the Best Original Screenplay award at the SXSW Film Festival in 2016. She made history in 2017 as the only black female director with a project at a major studio with “Everything, Everything.”