Musical film Prince Jukebox in the works of Ryan Coogler, Universal

Ryan Coogler is in a purple state of mind, as the filmmaker works on a Prince-focused musical feature film.

Coogler is set to produce an untitled musical featuring Prince songs for Universal Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. The project, in development since 2018, hails from Proximity Media and has a script by Bryan Edward Hill.

Producers include Coogler, Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian, alongside Atom Factory’s Troy Carter and Universal Music Publishing Group president Jody Gerson. Proximity’s Rebecca Cho serves as executive producer.

THR reported earlier this week that Coogler’s upcoming untitled Warner Bros. feature film, starring Michael B. Jordan, is scheduled for release on March 7, 2025, with the studio landing the coveted project in February after a bidding war . The two men have a long professional history together, as Coogler previously managed Jordan in Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015) and Black Panther (2018).

Most recently, Coogler directed the Marvel 2022 sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. He is credited with working on the lyrics for Rihanna’s song “Lift Me Up” from the film’s soundtrack, which earned him nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Grammy Awards.

Prince is a music icon known for a string of hits, including “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss” and “Batdance,” all of which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His credits include: film include starring in Albert Magnoli’s 1984 rock musical Purple rainwith the cult classic from Warner Bros. – which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score – which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in July.

Coogler’s involvement in the Prince project was first reported in a newsletter. THE…

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