Producers of the upcoming remake of the 1976 movie Sparkle say the film will premiere this summer as planned, despite the recent death of its top star Whitney Houston.

“Like all those who knew and loved her, we are shocked and saddened and the world has lost an incomparable talent,” Sony spokesman Steve Elzer said in a statement. “Right now our thoughts are with her daughter, her family and her friends.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony’s Tristar Pictures will release the film on Aug. 17. “Sparkle” marks Houston’s first movie role since her 1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife.”

Former “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks is playing the title role in the movie, which chronicles the rise of a singing trio loosely based on the Supremes.

The film also stars actors Derek Luke, Mike Epps and singer/rapper Cee-Lo Green.

According to EUR Web, Mara Brock Akil who executive produces BET’s “The Game,” wrote the script. It was directed by her husband Salim Akil, who also directed the 2011 romance comedy “Jumping the Broom.”

Houston, who plays Sparks’ characters’ mother, also executive produced the film and contributed to its soundtrack. Billboard magazine reported that the late singer performs the gospel song “Eyes on the Sparrow” in the film and duets with Sparks on a new song that was penned by R. Kelly.

“This would have been a big, big comeback, she is so brilliant in it,” Howard Rosenman, an executive producer of the film told the Hollywood Reporter. “I was just raving about her performance, she was so great in it. I’m just in shock.”