Hollywood hot for music biopics
Biographical films about music icons often go through lengthy development periods. Changes in directors, writers and stars are common -- witness projects involving the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Brian Wilson and the Mamas & the Papas that have kicked around for decades. Here is a look at 12 projects in various stages of development, along with the one ("Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life") that actually has a solid release date. -- Phil Gallo, Billboard
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The latest: A film about the Godfather of Soul was in the works before his death in 2006 with a script that had already been rewritten once. Spike Lee boarded the project within days of Brown's death and Wesley Snipes was fitted for the cape, vest, and conked hair. Two years ago, Lee said Snipes would sing as well. The film has moved to a back burner at Paramount -- perhaps because Snipes is serving time on income tax evasion?
Prognosis: Another "Ray" -- a film with a long road ahead.