Imagine Entertainment’s successful movie producer Brian Grazer has been longing to make a feature film about the life of Soul-singing legend James Brown, and his dream may now be fulfilled.
Tate Taylor, who adapted and made his directorial debut on The Help, is in negotiations to direct the untitled project — and another musical icon, Mick Jagger, has joined Grazer as producer. Interesting.
According to Deadline.com, the film will be a joint-production between Jagged Films, based on a screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth. Grazer and Jagger will produce along with Jagged’s Victoria Pearman and Imagine’s Erica Huggins.
The team is already looking for distribution but the big question, as you know is…who’s gonna play Brown??
Can’t wait to find out.
Brown’s family is also on board with their blessing:
“I am deeply honored that Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, two of my husband James Brown’s favorite people, have entered into a partnership to bring his inspirational story to the big screen,” added Brown’s widow, Tommie Rae Brown.
Added his daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas: “My father’s music has been a beacon to people all over the world and now his life story will impact future generations and show Why he is respected as The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown!”
Said Jagger: “It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown. He was a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life.”
For now, Grazer was glad to have the project moving forward with Jagger and Taylor, calling Brown “one of the most electric, exciting stage performers of all time.”
The story charts a young boy’s rise from extreme poverty and violence to become The Godfather Of Soul, one of the most influential African American artists in history whose career spanned six decades. Grazer started the project at a time when the singer himself was an active part in its development, before he died in late 2006.
So who do you think could pull off playing The Godfather of Soul? Anthony Mackie comes immediately to mind for me — and I don’t why Wiz Khalifa keeps flashing in my head, SMH.