A recent interview with Cameron Crowe in the pages of Variety
reveals that the director, famous for the classics Say Anything and Jerry Maguire, has bee working on a biopic of Motown legend Marvin Gaye.
Budget and star have become issues with the film and have prevented it from moving ahead quickly. The music rights have been secured, but the cost of the rest of the production, and the acting talent that will be involved are undecided. Will Smith was apparently courted for the role (naturally) but he passed on the project, which is probably for the best, as he seems like an awkward fit for the part.
Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington DC and died April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles. He was the son of a Pentecostal minister and learned to sing in church. Signing a contract with Harvey Fuqua in 1959 he followed him to Motown, where he played drums on early Smokey Robinson hits. His own hits climaxed with "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", one of the greatest songs of all time. He famously duetted with female singers, Tammi Terrell among the most notable. With the album What's Goin' On? his songs became more socially conscious. Troubled in his personal relationships and finances, he reemerged in 1982 with "Sexual Healing". He was shot to death by his father in a quarrel.
His life definitely has the ingredients for a great biopic.
Source: First Showing