American film studio, Warner Bros, has acquired Marvin Gaye biopic ‘What’s Going On’.
The biopic which will be directed by Allen Hughes and produced by Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Andrew Lazar is expected to have a budget of more than $80 million.
Hughes revealed that the biopic about the legendary soul singer is very personal to him.
“When I made my first film with my brother, we were fortunate to get ‘What’s Going On’ into the trailer for ‘Menace 2 Society’, and it was a game changer in elevating the marketing of that film.’’ Hughes said in an interview.
“Every film of mine but the period film ‘From Hell’ had some Marvin Gaye in it; and I’ve just always connected to him.
“He’s the artist’s artist, with this ethereal voice that just came out of the heavens.
“There have been plenty of great artists, and then Marvin, in his own lane.
“When you listen, in one measure you feel like you’ve read a novel.
“Such a rich inner life in that voice, heavenly but riddled with pain, the agony and ecstasy at the same time.
“When he gained his independence in the ’70s, with that album ‘What’s Going On’, then ‘Trouble Man’ and ‘Let’s Get It On’, ‘I Want You’ and his final masterpiece ‘Here, My Dear’, when it comes to vocal orchestrations and the way he layered his voice, he’s Mozart.”
Hughes added: “You’ve heard of all these big-name directors that have tried for 35 years to consolidate these rights.
“This started with Dre, saying, ‘Let’s do this together,’ and then Jimmy came on, and Andrew Lazar, and we worked with the estate, with Motown and some other things that needed to be tied down, and we got it done.”
Marvin Gaye’s songs will be featured in the movie and his widow Jan Gaye is one of the executive producers.
The producers of the movie have started searching for an actor to play the role of the music icon. Production of the movie is set to begin in 2022, as producers are looking at releasing it in year 2023.
ABOUT MARVIN GAYE
He was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped in shaping the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”. His music was a huge part of popular culture for decades.
He was born on the 2nd of April, 1939 in Washington D.C and died on the 1st of April, 1984. He was shot dead by his father a day before his 45th birthday.
Gaye has a back catalogue of numerous hits, including ‘What’s Going On’, ‘Sexual Healing’, ‘Let’s Get It On’, ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’, ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’, and ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’.