After multiple attempts by different producers and directors, it seems someone has found a cure for the failed attempts at a Marvin Gaye film. The Doctor is in. Andre Young, aka Dr. Dre, the legendary hip-hop artist/producer who’s film production credits include the Academy Award-nominated Straight Outta Compton, is in the early stages of getting his production started, as per Variety.
Big names like F. Gary Gray, James Gandolfini, Cameron Crowe and Lenny Kravitz have attempted in the past to make a film about the iconic Motown singer, but were never able to garner authorization from Gaye’s family. While Dre has yet to close the deal, he is in current talks to make the film and has already secured the rights to Gaye’s music from Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Dre’s acting career featured small parts in Set It Off and Training Day before having a starring role opposite Snoop Dogg in The Wash. After serving has producer on The Wash, Dre eventually served as producer and one of the inspirations alongside former N.W.A. member Ice Cube on Straight Outta Compton, which was a box office success and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
After starting out with Harvey & The Moonglows and The Marquees, Marvin Gaye went solo in 1961 and shaped the sound of Motown. With hits like “Let’s Get It On”, “Sexual Healing”, “Got To Give It Up, Pt. 1” and “What’s Going On?”, Gaye became one of the biggest singer/songwriters in the industry. Sadly, Gaye died at the age of 44 after being shot by his own father after a family dispute.
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