Friday, June 21, 2024

Cher, from Sonny to Saving Elephants, Getting BioPic from Universal Pictures With Writer of “Forrest Gump”


Cher and Cher alike. There can never be too much Cher.

The great singer, actress, activist and saver of elephants is getting a biopic of her own at Universal Pictures.

She announced it on Twitter with a little fanfare, building up the anticipation of a big announcement.

The Oscar winner says the pic will be produced by Gary Goetzman and Judy Craymer, who produced “Mamma Mia,” and written by Eric Roth. Roth wrote Cher’s movie, “Suspect,” plus more sizzlingly “Forrest Gump,” “A Star is Born,” and so on.

Who will direct? Who will actually play Cher, a force of nature? And Sonny? We’ll see.

Of course, Cher has just had a Broadway musical about her on the boards, for which Stephanie J. Block won a Tony Award playing the famed singer of “Believe,” “Gypsies Tramps and Thieves,” and “I Got You Babe.”

So in a way Cher has a Tony Award by association. She also a Grammy and an Emmy Award of her own to go with her Oscar for “Moonstruck.”

Even with “Forrest Gump” life I don’t know how Eric Roth will pick and choose events for this movie. He’ll have to cover a lot of ground. Really, Cher should have a mini series!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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