After unsuccessful attempts by the likes of Cameron Crowe and F. Gary Gray to bring the story of Marvin Gaye to the big screen, filmmaker Julien Temple has finally been been given the greenlight to make a biopic about the legendary soul man.
Temple’s no stranger to chronicling the music world as he’s already explored legendary acts The Sex Pistols and The Clash’s Joe Stummer in his stirring documentaries, The Filth and the Fury (hell, Johnny Rotten even cried in it) and The Future is Unwritten, respectively. In a comment to The Guardian, producer Jean-Luc Van Damme said it had been “a long fight” to bring the film to fruition after five years of trying.
Temple’s film will be shot in Ostend, Belgium and focuses on the recording of Midnight Love in Brussels as well as Gaye’s relationship with Belgian promoter Freddy Cousaert, the man instrumental in persuading the singer to return home and launch a comeback. Casting information is not yet known. [via Spinner]