Soul icon Aretha Franklin is reuniting with longtime mentor Clive Davis to produce a new album.
According to the Associated Press, the singer announced the news at a party for her 70th birthday in New York on March 24.
“I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I’m recording with Clive again,” Franklin told the AP.
Davis and Franklin previously worked together in the 1980s when the man who is now Sony Music Entertainment’s chief creative officer was the record producer who was largely responsible for her successful comeback.
Franklin explained that after Davis’ birthday next month, the two of them would sit down and talk about her new material.
Franklin’s star-studded celebration was held at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel. Guests included the Rev. Al Sharpton, ABC World News Tonight anchor Diane Sawyer and Willie Wilkerson, Franklin’s former fiancé.
When asked whether marriage is still in her future, Franklin told reporters, “We’ll see what happens.”
The singer also dished on the status of her planned biopic that was supposed to be in the works.
“It’s in a limbo position,” she told reporters. “It’s just a lot going on.”
News of the biopic first surfaced in 2010, when Franklin said she wanted Halle Berry to portray her in the film.
But Berry told E! News’ Ryan Seacrest that she would be the wrong choice for the role because of her weak vocal ability.
“I can’t sing! If I could carry a tune, I’d consider it,” Berry said. “Someone should tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice.”
The film is set to be based on the singer’s 1999 autobiography “Aretha: From These Roots.”
According to BET News, in addition to Berry, Franklin has expressed interest in actors Blair Underwood, Nia Long and Kerry Washington. She’s also stated that she wants director Taylor Hackford of Ray fame to helm the project.