Amazing Grace, the documentary film by the late Sydney Pollack on the making of Aretha Franklin’s live gospel album of the same name, has been sitting unseen for 39 years. If the Queen of Soul has her way, the Warner Bros film will sit a little longer. Franklin’s attorney Alan Reed intends to seek an injunction preventing the film’s release, reports TMZ. Her camp says that the film’s producer Alan Elliott wants to release it this year and claims the soul diva’s permission is required before the film can be rolled out. The double album, recorded at L.A.’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, is Franklin’s biggest selling album and the top selling gospel album of all time. Elliott is an accomplished film and TV composer and music exec, and stepbrother of producer-manager Benny Medina. No reply yet on a call to Warner Bros to clear up the rights issue.
Aretha Franklin Wants To Block Release Of 1972 Concert Film 'Amazing Grace'
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