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Many have been waiting in anticipation for the life of the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown’s story to be told on the big screen. In 2006, when Brown passed away, Spike Lee was reported to be the man who would take the soul legend’s life to the big screen as the writer and producer of the movie. Lee even told MTV News, in a 2009 interview, that he was partnering with Brian Grazer (who produced Lee’s Inside Man) to make the movie happen.
“We’re doing it together — it’s going to happen. I want to hear James Brown’s voice. That’s just my personal taste.”
Soon after Lee announced he was taking Brown’s life story to the movies, there were rumors that both Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy were being given serious consideration to play Brown.
Eddie Murphy spoke to Black Tree TV, saying,
“There’s the most incredible script that Spike Lee worked on that has everything in it, but you have to get the rights from the people who have the rights to James’ story… and getting them all together… which makes it hard to come together… but I hope it comes together… it’s a great, great piece.”
It is now being reported that Spike Lee has left the project and a new director has stepped in. According to Deadline.com, Tate Taylor who directed “The Help” is the new director.
It is also being reported that Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones will be the executive producer.
Speaking about his anticipated involvement in the movie,Jagger said,
“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.”
One of Brown’s children, Deanna Brown Thomas, said,
“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!”
No release date has been set for the biopic.