30 year wait
There have been multiple attempts to give Gaye the biopic treatment. The soul singer behind such hits as "What's Going On," "Sexual Healing" and "Let's Get It On" became one of Motown's most successful artists before he was fatally shot in 1984 at age 44 by his father following a family dispute in their Los Angeles home. F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin and actors including Jesse L. Martin and Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye's story to screen, but until now none had been authorized by Gaye's family.
Jamie Foxx will executive produce a limited series about Marvin Gaye alongside de Passe Jones Entertainment's Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones, who will shop it to linear and digital outlets.
"This project will be a powerful and definitive telling of Marvin Gaye's life story," says the singer's son Marvin Gaye III, an executive producer on the new project, which also has the blessing of Motown founder Berry Gordy, who has served as a mentor to de Passe ever since he hired her as a creative assistant to his legendary label decades ago. "Marvin was the truest artist I have ever known," Gordy said. "I am confident that this is the right team to bring his story to the audience in an authentic and compelling way."
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