I FEEL LIKE A MOVIE! Legendary singer Shania Twain announces she’s working on a new film biopic and musical
The Sun - UK
By Simon Boyle
September 25, 2022
HER life has had more ups and downs than a Hollywood blockbuster – and now Shania Twain is set to be the subject of one.
The Canadian superstar returned on Friday with her first solo single in five years, Waking Up Dreaming, and sat down with Bizarre to talk about stripping off for her art and performing with Harry Styles, as well as hinting at plans to bring her life story to the big screen.
That could be particularly explosive, from growing up in a violent home, her parents being killed in a car crash and then her husband cheating on her with her best friend.
And it would all be set against the backdrop of her incredible rise to fame, including making the best-selling female solo album to date, 1997’s Come On Over.
Quizzed on the prospect of a biopic and a musical featuring megahits such as That Don’t Impress Me Much and Man! I Feel Like A Woman!,
Shania said: “Yes. Both of those things are possibly in the future.
“All sorts of things are in the pipeline. I’m writing songs all the time and the Netflix documentary [Not Just A Girl, released in July] has been a huge talking point in my life and career.
“There’s all sorts of things coming up but things I probably can’t talk about right now. But I’ve got a very busy few years ahead of me.”
For now, she is having fun with her new music, which she says is her most upbeat ever, and work on her as-yet- untitled sixth album.
She said: “I’m really excited about cheering people up.
"This album is very chirpy and I’m very frank with my lyrics on it, so it’s not a fluffy, lyrical album. It’s a happy album.
“I had a very productive songwriting pandemic period and as much as we were isolated, it was almost like I wanted to cheer myself up, and that just came out in the music. It’s so danceable.”
Shania is having fun with her image too and went topless for the single’s artwork — and this photo.
She said: “I styled that photograph myself. It was all about taking off the bra, taking off the shirt, tying the shirt around my waist."
"This is a statement of being comfortable in my own skin and just being really myself.”
And while artists such as Madonna get flak for dressing in a certain way, Shania, 57, has learned to take no notice of similar criticisms.
She said: “You have to be strong. I never really get angry with criticism. You can’t please everybody, that’s normal.”
One person who certainly is a fan of Shania is Harry Styles, who begged her to join him on stage at Coachella festival in California in April.
She said: “Harry and I text, and he said, ‘Do you wanna come sing with me at Coachella?’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m not anywhere near LA, I’m really far away right now’.
“We were back and forth like that, then I wasn’t doing it, and then closer to it he said, ‘I really think you should do the first weekend, please do it’.
“There was no big production about it and it ended up being such an enormous, lasting moment for all of us.”
Among Shania’s other forthcoming projects is ITV singing contest Starstruck, which she has joined as a judge for its new series next year.
She said: “I wanted to have some fun without pressure, and what really takes the pressure off with Starstruck is the lack of competitiveness.
“What are they getting out of it? £50,000, yes, but they’re not getting a record deal or the promise of being a star.
If anything, just by doing the show, they’ve lived their dreams, so you’re not ruining anyone’s dream by them not winning.”
Shania also spent a long period in London working on the new album, but for now she has ruled out a move here.
She said: “If I could live at the stables in Hyde Park, I would. I just want to live next to the horses each morning.
“That’s been my dream for many, many years and I’ve asked a lot of people but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”