When all is said and done, 2012 may well go down as the year of the music biopic. Plans are already in order for Sam Cooke, Bobby Fuller and Jeff Buckley to get their own films, and British songstress Dusty Springfield seems to be next in line. The UK production company Fairbanks has enlisted director Nick Hurran to helm the picture, based on a Ray Connelly adaptation of the Sharon Davis biography A Girl Called Dusty. Connelly is no stranger to music biopics as he previously penned That'll Be The Day.
In the mid to late 1960s, Dusty Springfield was arguably the most popular female solo artist in the world. By the time she was done, she'd notched more than twenty charting singles, recorded one album, Dusty In Memphis, that continues to be regarded as one of the best ever and paved the way for numerous gay, lesbian and bisexual singers that followed in her wake. She was elected to the hall of fame shortly after her death in 1999 and her back catalog has seen extensive airplay over the last few decades thanks in large part to director Quentin Tarantino's inclusion of her hit “Son Of A Preacher Man” in Pulp Fiction.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there's no scheduled start to production nor a lead to play the brilliant singer, but these minor details should work themselves out over the next few months. Until then, here's a look at Springfield singing her classic “Son Of A Preacher Man”…
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