A feature-length biopic detailing the legendary soul singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] has had a couple of unsuccessful attempts by directors Cameron Crowe and F Gary Gray, but the greenlight has just been given to director Julien Temple to depict Gaye’s life on the big screen.
Temple has had experience turning influential musicians’ lives into a documentary with previous “rockumentaries” about the Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer and Dr. Feelgood, so the film about Marvin Gaye seems to have fallen into the right hands.
The film will focus during the time of Gaye’s final studio album Midnight Love, which produced his massive hit “Sexual Healing.” This recording help Gaye re-establish himself as a musical force after years of cocaine addiction put his career on the line. He was also thrown into exile in Europe in 1981 after his battles with the IRS.
It will shoot in the town Gaye lived in during this time in Ostend, Belgium, and luckily, Temple was able to get the backing of EMI who own the rights to all of Marvin Gaye’s music. There aren’t any details whether or not the film will also include the tragic murder of Gaye by the hand of his own father, Marvin Gaye Senior.
Who do you think would be a good casting choice to play Marvin Gaye?