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Lifetime TV Names Mary J Blige Exec Producer On New Film Based Off Breakthrough Song “Real Love”

Written by: Khalif Thompson

Mary J. Blige's return to the limelight has been phenomenal. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul has a major part in 50 Cent's blockbuster series Power Book II: Ghost, performed at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, and released her 14th studio album, but according to recent reports, she's not done dominating.

Lifetime announced the release of a new film named Real Love on Wednesday (March 2). The film is based on Mary's breakout hit "Real Love," which she released in 1992, and she will serve as an executive producer.

The coming-of-age plot follows Kendra, an educated student who begins her college career in upstate New York, where she meets her film class companion Ben, who ends up transforming her entire life.

Despite the difficulties they face in the film, the two fall in love and discover what love is.

Sonja Warfield and Rachel Ingram will write the script, with Ashaunna Ayars and Nicole Jackson acting as executive producers alongside Mary J. Blige. In a statement, the R&B superstar emphasized how essential the song was to her early career.

“It’s exciting to now use this song and my music to create a new story by way of film, continuing to build on a pillar of the foundation of my production company, Blue Butterfly. My passions for acting and music now include developing diverse stories with music as the backdrop.”

This isn't Mary's first time serving as an executive producer on a Lifetime movie. She worked on the 2020 film The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, starring Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott, as well as Mary J. Blige's My Life, a 2021 Amazon Studios documentary.

Executive Vice President of Lifetime comments, “Mary is one of those phenomenal talents that can do it all. We are so thrilled to be able to partner with her again on this new opportunity to bring her music to life in the form of a movie that we know audiences will love.”

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