OWN’s first scripted movie will be based on the memoir of Darlene Love, a singer profiled in the Oscar-nominated doc 20 Feet from Stardom, to be exec produced by the doc’s director Morgan Neville.
The U.S. cable network has acquired the rights to the book My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story, and in addition has licensed the first broadcast window for cable television to air 20 Feet From Stardom in 2015.
Oprah Winfrey, Neville and Love will executive produce the television movie.
Love began her career of a singer for producer Phil Spector, as part of the Blossoms, before she sang backup for The Mamas and the Papas, Dionne Warwick, and Sonny and Cher. Her memoir details the backstage stories, wild parties and love affairs that she encountered over the years.
“The fantastic life journey of music great Darlene Love is the perfect choice for our first original scripted movie,” said Sheri Salata, president of OWN. “There are a handful of stories brought to the screen of daring American women who walked through fire and back to make their dreams come true and Darlene is one of the heroes on that list.”