Debra Martin Chase, who has headed the production companies of such talents as Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, is striking out on her own.
The Harvard law grad is currently finishing up Garry Marshall’s “The Princess Diaries,” a pic based on a book Chase found by Meg Cabot; pic is starring Julie Andrews and teen sensation Mandy Moore. It is set for an August release via Disney. Chase is also gearing up “Sparkle,” a remake of the 1970s movie for Warner Bros., with Aaliyah attached to star.
In the pipeline, with producer Arnold Rifkin, is a remake of the Claude Lelouch movie “One 4 All” at MGM.
“What I’m naturally attracted to are female wish fulfillment and empowerment movies,” Chase says. “I find them refreshing. As women are constantly struggling with their changing role in society, it’s important that they see positive images onscreen — about taking charge of their lives and finding happiness and fulfillment in the process.”
Chase — whose projects at Houston’s BrownHouse have included the Emmy-nominated “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” — says, “I’ve been fortunate enough to straddle the worlds of movies, TV and music in the last few years in a very real way and have come to understand the synergy between music and the visual arts. It’s something I want to continue to take advantage of because these projects are really fun!”