Jamie Foxx is set to executive produce a limited series about the late legendary singer Marvin Gaye.
The Oscar-winning actor has teamed up with Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones to finally tell Marvin’s story.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie said, “I’ve been a huge fan my whole life. His brilliance in music unparalleled. Marvin Gaye’s story has always fascinated me.”
The good news is Marvin Gaye III is on board as an executive project, so there won’t be any lawsuits. Berry Gordy has also given the project his blessing.
“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.”
“We’ve been involved in a number of attempts to get this done, and now that we’ve been able to marshal all the forces, and Jamie’s come on board as a partner, we’re excited to get going,” says de Passe, who has executive produced multiple Motown television specials. She and Jones are in talks with Sony/ATV, which controls Gaye’s music rights, to determine which specific songs will be used.
“This has been a labor of love for three decades,” says Jones. “It’s been brewing for a while.”
I will be on time for this! How about you?