Jamie Foxx Is Bringing Marvin Gaye’s Life Story To The Small Screen! – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire Jamie Foxx is returning to TV! Well...not as an actor, at least that hasn't been disclosed just yet. I got my fingers crossed though. Word has it the multi-talented superstar will executive produce the biopic about soul legend, Marvin Gaye. An if he could nail the role of Ray Charles, there's not a doubt in my mind that he could handle that of Marvin. For now, the cast hasn't been revealed. In fact neither has the tittle.
According to the news, though many have attempted to tell the iconic singer's story, none have been given the Gaye family's blessing to do so...till now. Jamie is the man! At least that's what Marvin Gaye III told the Hollywood Reporter. Gaye's eldest son will also serve as an executive producer on the project and stated “This project will be a powerful and definitive telling of Marvin Gaye’s life story.” Jamie is teaming up with Passe Jones Entertainment's, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones, for the production of the film and the group is currently shopping the TV series to various networks.
The Rolling Stone reports Foxx and his crew are also in talks with Sony/ATV, which holds the rights to Gaye's music, to establish what songs can be used for the project as well. That being said, the biopic is very much in the early stages of production. It's been three years in the making and dreams of the forthcoming TV series is finally being realized. It's also getting some heavyweight support. The man who signed Gaye to a record deal back in 1961, recently offered his official blessing of the series. Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., told The Hollywood Reporter "Marvin was the truest artist I have ever known," he continued. "I am confident that this is the right team to bring his story to the audience in an authentic and compelling way."
Marvin Gaye’s life story will tell the up's and down's of a singer ahead of his time, gifted with a silky smooth voice, who's words are still relevant in classics like "Mercy, Mercy, Me" and "What's Going On." The iconic singers life came to a tragic end when he was fatally shot in 1984, by his father following a dispute at their family home in L.A. Marvin Gaye was only 44.
Can't wait for this one! Stay tuned for more details.