She is worth two biopics.
Before you ask, the answer is no: Netflix and Hulu are not producing duelling Celine Dion biopics like they did Fyre Festival. But while the French production The Power Of Love – an exploration of the iconic singer’s early life and rise to fame – was announced recently, a second biopic has just been confirmed: Céline Before Céline.
Directed by Marc-André Lavoie, this one will be an English-speaking film and too will cover Dion’s early life and her relationship with her late husband Rene Angelil (the couple met when Dion was just 12-years-old and Angelil was her 38-year-old manager).
We’re suspecting this second version will be the Netflix of the two. (Read: It will be the one most people watch.) Dion’s nephew, Kimmy, is actually the screenwriter on Céline which means the French-Canadian singer and her family have given the project access to a trove of family testimonies and archives, something Power reportedly doesn’t have.
“In my entire career, I’ve never met someone as kind, warm and authentic as Celine, and we’ll be forever grateful that she believes so strongly in our team to tell the real story has it’s never been told before,” director Lavoie said in a statement.
Dion allegedly sent Lavoie a letter expressing her gratitude and giving her blessing to the film. “I wanted to let you know just how much I was touched by the film that you are preparing. With your unique approach, you managed to seize the essence of a period that is very dear to my heart.” Céline is slated for a 2020 release.
And just because it’s Oscars eve, let’s revisit Dion’s 1998 Academy Awards performance of My Heart Will Go On made famous in the film Titanic.