Jamie Foxx is creating a new TV series charting the tragic life story of soul legend Marvin Gaye.
Jamie, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic Ray, is executive producing the new show alongside Marvin Gaye III, the Sexual Healing singer’s son.
“I’ve been a huge fan my whole life. His brilliance in music unparalleled,” the actor and musician told The Hollywood Reporter magazine. “Marvin Gaye’s story has always fascinated me.”
Marvin was at the height of his career when he was shot dead at the age of 44 by his father, Marvin Gaye, Sr. at their home in Los Angeles, California in 1984.
The beloved musician first found fame in the 1960s as one of the Motown record label’s leading lights, with hits like Let’s Get It On and Sexual Healing keeping him near the top of the charts well into the 1980s.
His later years were however blighted by a drug problem and a dispute with U.S. tax authorities that led to him moving to Europe.
The new project also has the blessing of Motown founder Berry Gordy, who said, “Marvin was the truest artist I have ever known,” Berry said. “I am confident that this is the right team to bring his story to the audience in an authentic and compelling way.”
Filmmakers including Cameron Crowe and the late actor James Gandolfini have all made attempts to bring Marvin’s story to the screen, but the new project is the first to have the Gaye family’s blessing.
Jamie and Marvin Gaye III’s fellow executive producers, former president of Motown Productions Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones, are now looking to sell the series to a TV or online streaming company.
It is not known if the Academy Award winning actor will play the singer in the series.