Monday, July 22, 2024

Exclusive: Official Marvin Gaye Biopic from “Compton” Director F. Gary Gray


Marvin Gaye is finally getting the big screen treatment. And this time it’s official. I hear that
“Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray has made a deal with longtime Motown impresaria and award winning producer Suzanne dePasse as well as Motown founder Berry Gordy. Gaye’s family is said to be involved as well. 

There have been past attempts to make a Marvin Gaye film.  But without music rights it was impossible. Julien Temple was going to direct “Sexual Healing” with Jesse L. Martin but it beer happened.

Gordy and dePasse’s involvement bodes well for the project.  More to come… title yet but my choice would be How Sweet it Is. 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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