By Ryan Velez
Posted September 14th 2018
Dr. Dre recently served as producer and inspiration for the film, Straight Outta Compton, which was positively received for portraying the story of N.W.A. Now, Variety reports that he is in the early stages of creating a film about another music icon: Marvin Gaye. Perhaps the biggest piece of news here (and biggest roadblock to past attempts to use the music) was that the rights to Gaye’s music have been secured for the film.
To put things in perspective, a list of names including 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 the screen, but none could get the approval from Gaye’s family to make it happen. Jamie Foxx was the latest to try and make an attempt, getting rights for a limited series in 2016. However, not a word has come out about the project since, suggesting that it has stalled out.
Marvin Gaye is famous for his many hits including “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing,” and “Let’s Get It On,” but his life was also marked with sadness and tragedy, culminating in his shooting death by his own father following a dispute in 1984 at their Los Angeles home. For fans of Gaye, this means a chance to see a life that’s well been past due for a portrayal on the big screen. For your average moviegoer, there’s plenty of material for a gripping yet tragic story, all set to the backdrop of some of the best songs of all time.
One little ironic addendum to this is that Dr. Dre is represented ny King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, the same legal firm which defended Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams against the Gaye estate in 2015’s trial over “Blurred Lines.” The verdict ended up being in favor of the Gaye family, and it was found that “Blurred Lines” infringed on Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.” Thicke and Williams had to pay millions in statutory damages. It looks like there are no sour grapes about that from the Gaye family, if they finally chose to allow Dre to work on this project.