That Mahalia Jackson biopic with Fantasia Barrino to be directed by Sugar Cane Alley director Euzhan Palcy is now pretty iffy if it ever gets made and those behind the scenes are blaming Barrino.
According to the New York Post members of the “legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s estate were aghast that Barrino has become pregnant by a married man” The producers said that she claimed that she was putting on weight for the role and not telling them about her unexpected pregnancy until she was four months in.
.But the family is now having second thoughts about Barrino playing the role. Executive producer of the film Adrian Taylor told the Post that “the family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, it’s going to sully the name of Mahalia. They think she’s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock.”
But that’s not all. Barrino’s pregnancy has caused havoc with the shooting schedule. Shooting has now been delayed until after her due date in late December and as a result Palcy may be forced to drop out of the production due to scheduling conflicts.
The producers are still aiming for a fall 2012 release and Barrino has been asked to start filming sometime in January if possible. However the Post is also reporting that the producers are currently looking for a replacement for Barrino if she fails to meet tthe shooting start date and one possible replacement is rumored to be Missy Elliott.
Barrino’s rep had no comment when asked about this report.