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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2 Responses to “F. Gary Gray To Do A Second Film On Marvin Gaye”

  1. jazzfan360 Says:

    Now, why the hell is it that lately it seems biopics come in twos? The second Truman Capote biopic that was released shortly after Capote a bit back seemed unspecial in every way because of what ran right before it. And now we’ve got two competing Marvin movies. Oh well, I should be glad people are even still interested in him. And it really *has* worried me that the Martin film wouldn’t be using any of the pre-Sexual Healing stuff. Though it worries me that THIS one will have its actor lipsynching. I hope at least one of these turns out to be decent.

  2. sondan Says:

    I think the talented and musical Jesse Martin might just pull off the character, but I too am bothered about the absence of the great early Motown music. That early drama would be a great story to tell but would be nothing without the music.

    I just don’t understand why Motown, Universal, Gordy or whoever won’t release the rights to these songs so that a REAL Motown movie could be made telling the REAL story of the Supremes, Temptations, et al, instead of the watered down Temptations TV movie made from Otis’ book.

    I mean how can anyone think of Marvin without recalling “Hitch Hike”, “Grapevine” and those awesome duets with Tammi Terrell?

    jazzfan360 – do you know what the deal is on witholding that Motown music? I would love to know the logic behind it but have never seen anything in print on the issue.

    Sondan


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