14 June 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the June 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Sony's remake of the 1976 musical film Sparkle has definitely generated heightened interest following the death of star Whitney Houston, who plays mom to a group of young girl singers (one played by Jordin Sparks) trying to make it big. Photos: Whitney Houston 1963-2012: The Iconic Singer's Life and Career in Pictures Howard Rosenman, the original's producer-writer and exec producer of the 2012 version, tells The Hollywood Reporter that a novelization of the movie's story was sold six weeks ago to Simon & Schuster.

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