F. Gary Gray To Do A Second Film On Marvin Gaye
June 6, 2008
“Apparently one film is not enough. After years of coming up with the right script and finding the right guy to play the part, the Marvin Gaye film is going to be told in two versions.
Variety states that F. Gary Gray will direct ‘Marvin,’ a biopic of Marvin Gaye, the iconic singer who was shot to death by his father in 1984. C. Gaby Mitchell (‘Blood Diamond’) is aboard to write the script.
Gray, who last directed ‘The Italian Job’, has long wanted to tell Gaye’s story, but the inability to secure music rights has made it a high mountain to climb. A rival pic, ‘Sexual Healing,’ produced by James Gandolfini, who has a role, and starring Jesse L. Martin, will focus on the singer’s declining years, because the filmmakers have rights to use songs only from his post-Motown career. That film, reportedly skedded to start last month in Europe, has not begun production.”
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