Two Marvin Gaye films in production

by Modculture 6 February, 2008

Hot on the heels of the news of a Chess Records movie being made comes news that not one, but two Marvin Gaye films are in production.Marvin_gaye

First up is Marvin: The Life Story of Marvin Gaye: a straightforward biopic of Gaye’s whole life, directed by veteran film-maker D. Stevens. It apparently will incorporate 24 of the soul legend’s songs into a script written by Gregg Guss and Robert Scharrer. No news of who is playing Gaye yet, but but we do know that Roberta Flack will serve as music supervisor on the $40
million production.

And second up is Sexual Healing, loosely based on Steve Turner’s book ‘Trouble Man’, which chronicles Gaye’s self-imposed exile in Belgium and
his return to the mainstream with the assistance of Belgian friend and promoter Freddy Cousaert. Jesse L. Martin (star of Law
and Order
) has been cast as Gaye in the film, and
will be joined by James Gandolfini (famous for his role in The Soprano’s), who will play the
part of Cousaert. The $15
million production will be directed by Lauren Goodman and produced
by Gandolfini’s production company Attaboy Films.

Both films are set for release in 2009. No doubt both productions will be in a rush to beat the other to release first, so if we’re lucky we may even see one out by the end of this year.

Keep up to date with further news and developments on Marvin: The Life Story of Marvin Gaye here and Sexual Healing here.