More Movies About Music Stars Coming

Backstage at the American Idol competition, Fantasia Barrino decides whether or not to quit the competition, in the Lifetime Original Movie Event "The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not A Fairy Tale."
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TheShowbuzz.com's Judy Faber researched and wrote this story.

Whether they're watching Jennifer Lopez's breakout role as Selena, Sissy Spacek's unforgettable portrayal of Loretta Lynn, or the Oscar-winning performance of Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, audiences love to see film biographies about musicians. Following up on the critical and commercial success of "Ray" and "Walk The Line," film and television executives are ready to roll out a new group of biopics in the next few years.

But the process isn't always an easy one. Many producers have to struggle with securing the proper rights to use the artist's image and music in the film. Sometimes, as in the case of Michael Hutchence and Jimi Hendrix, the filmmakers find themselves in the middle of battles between family members over the artist's estate.

But, filmmakers know that audiences love a good music biopic, and actors know that playing the role of a music icon can be an instant ticket to Oscar-ville. Jamie Foxx as "Ray" and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter in "Walk The Line" each took home Academy Awards, and both films were critical and commercial success.

Here are some of the artists whose life stories may be on the big screen soon. Due to the fickle nature of Hollywood movie-making, all information is subject to change.

Fantasia Barrino: "American Idol" Season 3 winner Fantasia stars as herself in "Life Is Not A Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story," based on her best-selling autobiography. The film is directed by choreographer, director and actress Debbie Allen and is scheduled to premiere on the Lifetime network on Aug. 19 at 9 p.m.

Missy Elliot: Like Fantasia, rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott also will star as herself in the big-screen version of her life story, Universal Pictures announced in June. The as-yet-untitled film will be produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal through their company, Tribeca Films.

Hector Lavoe: Salsa superstar Marc Anthony will star as beloved salsa legend Hector Lavoe in the upcoming film "El Cantante," to be produced by wife Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions. Playing the extremely talented but troubled singer may be the performance that puts Anthony on the map as a leading man. Lopez will play his wife in the movie, which is expected in November or December.

Michael Hutchence: A biopic about the late lead singer of INXS has been in the works for some time, but went into high gear after producer Clark Westerman saw the reality show "Rock Star: INXS" — and was disappointed. Westerman tapped Nick Egan, a British music video director and friend of Hutchence, to direct the movie.

"I said, 'Somebody else is going to do it, and they are not going to do it as well as you would because you knew him so well,'" Westerman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hutchence died in November 1997 at the age of 37. He was found in a Sydney hotel room, dead from suicide or accidental death from autoerotic asphyxiation.

Dusty Springfield: The film is being produced by Universal Pictures, but no actress has been formally announced in what should be a juicy role. Springfield was a 1960s pop singer known for hits "I Only Want To Be With You" and "Son of a Preacher Man.'"

Problems with substance abuse, her notorious perfectionism, questions about her sexual orientation and her battle with breast cancer could make for an Oscar-worthy part for the right actress with the right script. Rumors that Ang Lee was scheduled to direct the film are untrue.

Bob Marley: Although there has been talk about an upcoming film about the legendary reggae icon, a spokesperson for his foundation said there is no such project at this time. Jamie Foxx was supposedly starring in the film, but the actor has denied those reports.

Bob Dylan: Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Christian Bale, Julianne Moore and Richard Gere all are scheduled to play Dylan in the film "I'm Not There," tentatively scheduled for release next year. Each actor will portray a different aspect of Dylan's personality. The movie will be directed by Todd Haynes, who helmed 2002 movie "Far from Heaven" and 1998's "Velvet Goldmine," about rock icon David Bowie.