Fully aware that its recent production of "Dreamgirls" may have confused the public in connection with Motown Records, DreamWorks Pictures has put full-page advertisements on Wednesday, February 21, stating that the movie was indeed a work of fiction while apologizing for any confusion with the label.
"'Dreamgirls' is a work of fiction. It is also an homage to Motown," the ads claimed. "For any confusion that has resulted from our fictional work, we apologize to Mr. Gordy and all of the incredible people who were part of that great legacy. It is vital that the public understand that the real Motown story has yet to be told."
Placed on Hollywood's two major "trade papers" Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, the ads came as a result of "amicable discussions" between representatives for Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and executives from DreamWorks and its parent studio, Paramount Pictures.
Motown spokesman Paul Freundlich remarked that though "Dreamgirls" is based on the hit Broadway musical of the same title and loosely based on the story of one of Motown's greatest acts, Diana Ross and the The Supremes, the flick is perceived to have rankled a number of recording artists, writers and others connected with Motown which felt it was falsely depicted in a negative light.
Meanwhile, Gordy himself has expressed his satisfaction upon DreamWork's good intention in releasing the disclaimer as hinted in his statement below.
"I applaud Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures for doing their part to clearly differentiate the fictional movie 'Dreamgirls' from the real Motown," so he said. "I wish them all the best in the forthcoming Academy Awards."