Aretha Franklin Documentary Bought by Neon

Aretha Franklin. Photo by Clint Spaulding/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (8620280bt)

After a long 45 years, the Aretha Franklin concert film is making its way to the big screen.

Neon has acquired the North American rights to the late iconic singer’s documentary, Amazing Grace. The 1972 concert was shot by Sydney Pollack at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. It chronicles Franklin’s return to gospel at the age of 29.

The news comes one month after the movie premiered at DOC NYC. According to Variety, the film was originally planned by Warner Bros. Pictures as a companion documentary to the double live album of the same title.

Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and personal representative of the Aretha Franklin Estate, said in a statement: “Amazing Grace is the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin. This film is authentic and is my aunt to her core. Our family couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience the genius of her work and spirit through this film.”

According to the outlet, Neon is now planning an early 2019 theatrical release.