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Dr Dre developing Marvin Gaye biopic

By | Published on Tuesday 19 June 2018

Marvin Gaye

Dr Dre is developing a new Marvin Gaye biopic, which will be the first film about the singer to have the authorisation of his estate.

They should ask Pharrell to write the soundtrack. Except that – according to Variety – while the movie project is still in its early stages, the rights to use Gaye’s own music have already been secured. So maybe the film won’t need an original soundtrack. If, indeed, a Pharrell soundtrack would count as ‘original’.

Anyway, it’s not clear what portion of Gaye’s life the film will focus on, but it is the latest in a long line of attempts to make a movie about the musician’s life. The only other project to receive the approval of the Gaye estate was a TV series led by Jamie Foxx, which was announced in 2016 but is yet to see the light of day.

Foxx said that his project would be “a powerful and definitive telling of Marvin Gaye’s life story”, so that’s the bar Dre needs to aim for.

Dre has worked in film before, of course, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. His most recent project was NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’.