Prince ‘Purple Rain’ concert movie in the works
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called “life without Prince.” But hey, some positive news. Billboard.com says Prince’s estate is negotiating to release a concert movie and a documentary about Purple Rain to a streaming service.
According to THR, the concert movie is from Prince’s Aug. 3, 1983, performance in Minneapolis. That’s the show where he debuted the songs that would be featured in Purple Rain. Also on the table is additional footage that could be used to make a documentary.
This deal is not to be confused with the re-release of the Purple Rain soundtrack, which is due in June from Warner Music Group. (They still retain the rights to the soundtrack.)
Both the Purple Rain movie and soundtrack were huge financial successes when released in the summer of 1984. While the movie wasn’t necessarily a hit with critics, the public loved it at the box office. The soundtrack is one of the best-selling soundtracks in history and Purple Rain is often ranked in any Top 20 list of greatest albums released.