Alicia Keys Signs Deal with Disney
Alicia Keys' soulful voice is going to be working double duty, thanks to a new production deal the R&B singer has signed with Disney. Keys and her manager Jeff Robinson will help develop both live action and animation projects for the media giant. Their first endeavor is a remake of the 1958 romantic comedy 'Bell, Book and Candle.' Keys, no stranger to the film industry having appeared in 'Smokin' Aces' and 'The Nanny Diaries,' will not only produce the feature but also star as one of the story's principle characters, a witch who casts a love spell over an enemy's fiance.
Having launched her own company AK Worldwide, Keys is also creating a television series with NBC and is attached to a Miramax film reportedly about a female DJ named Needle. "I'm loving the diversity of angles," Keys told Uptown magazine. "I'm also working on a theater piece. I want to create not only the music, but the stories."
Keys, an eleven-time Grammy Award winner, will release her fourth studio album, 'The Element of Freedom,' on Dec. 15. "The title refers to just the way the music feels," says Keys.