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Aretha Franklin inside the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where she gave two celebrated concerts in 1972. Photo: TIFF40

The Queen of Soul and Alan Elliott’s latest battle over Amazing Grace has been going on for more than six months and two film festivals, but they think they might have a deal – if they can get more time. “Since the entry of the First Order in September 2015, the Parties have been engaged in extensive and extended negotiations seeking a resolution to this dispute,” said a motion filed by lawyers for Aretha Franklin and the producer today. “These negotiations have taken place in good faith,” it adds. “The negotiations, which involve third parties, are very complex.”

With the latest extension expir[ing] March 10, this injunction motion seeks to stop Elliot from showing the Sydney Pollack-directed film, which centered on Franklin’s lauded 1972 performance in L.A.’s New Missionary Baptist Church, to potential buyers or anyone else. The filing in federal court in Colorado also wants to close the case but leave an open option to start it all up again if things fall apart – again.

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