The unauthorised Olivia Newton-John biopic has finally been given the green light to proceed following the Aussie star’s attempts to block it last year.
Production company FremantleMedia is forging ahead with the project after receiving much-needed funding from Film Victoria.
When the project was first announced several months ago, Delta Goodrem was tipped to play her idol, much to Olivia’s apparent fury.
Sources close to the 67-year-old revealed the star was doing ‘everything in her power’ to shut the production down, adding: ‘[Olivia’s] very upset and is not taking [Delta’s] calls. She expects Delta to publicly disassociate herself from the movie before she’ll talk to her again.’
However, the 31-year-old singer and actress is still said to be linked to the project, which is reportedly ‘well-advanced’ in the casting stage.
‘The story of Olivia Newton-John will chart her remarkable path through one of the world’s toughest industries and provide a glimpse into the extraordinary achievements of one of Australia’s most loved icons,’ a statement from Film Victoria reads.
‘Documentaries feature strongly in this investment round, whilst the Olivia Newton-John story is bound to attract widespread interest.’