After multiple iterations, development and legal issues, the story of Marvin Gaye will be told on the small screen with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx attached as an executive producer.
“I've been a huge fan my whole life. His brilliance in music unparalleled," Foxx said in a statement. "Marvin Gaye's story has always fascinated me."
No stranger to biopics, Foxx received an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray. He also played real life figures Bundini Brown and Tookie Williams in Ali and Redemption: The Stanley Tookie Williams Story, respectively.
In addition to the announcement of Foxx’s involvement, the series also has the approval of Gaye’s family. “This project will be a powerful and definitive telling of Marvin Gaye's life story,” the late musician’s son and producer, Marvin Gaye III, states. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy has also given his blessings towards the show.
In 2013, the Gaye family became involved in a bitter legal battle with Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. over the unlicensed sample of the 1977 single "Got to Give It Up" on Thicke's hit record "Blurred Lines." The lawsuit resulted in the family's favor, earning them $4 million in damages and $3.3 million of Thicke's single profits.
Previously, a biopic titled Sexual Healing was filmed with Jesse L. Martin in the role of Gaye, with a focus on his recovery from drug addiction. Due to budget reasons production was shut down and the film remains incomplete.
The production company behind the yet-to-be-titled series, de Passe Jones Entertainment, is currently shopping the project to both digital and linear outlets.