Samuel L. Jackson to play funk legend George Clinton in new biopic


Samuel L. Jackson is to portray funk icon George Clinton in a new biopic about disco king Neil Bogart.

The 1970s record executive was behind hits by The Isley Brothers, Parliament, Donna Summer, Gladys Knight, and The Village People, and now his life and career are to be highlighted in Spinning Gold, which will be directed by Bogart’s son, Timothy, from his own script.

Production is set to begin in Montreal, Canada next month (July 2019), according to Deadline.

Joining Jackson as the Parliament leader will be Kenan Thompson as Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jason Isaacs as Neil Bogart’s dad, Jason Derulo as R&B legend Ron Isley, and comedian D.L. Hughley as Bootsy Collins.

Jazmine Sullivan has also signed on to portray Gladys Knight, while Neil Patrick Harris will play KISS co-manager Bill Aucoin.

Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan will tackle the role of Bogart.

The late music executive’s son tells Deadline, “There were many parts to Neil Bogart, including gambling, womanizing, drugs, but for my father, they were his superpowers. If he wasn’t a gambler like his own father, he wouldn’t have been able to run to Vegas to come back and make payroll.”

“He was a functioning Quaalude user who would operate under the influence in the office or at my Little League (baseball) games… When I ask people who were around my father what it was like, they inevitably say a variation of the same thing. That is, ‘I don’t know how I survived it or if I would do it again, but I had the greatest f**king time of my life’. That is the compass of the movie, a story of an enormously tight-knit group that made magic happen, who believed in their dreams and made them come true.”

Timothy Bogart has also secured the rights to many of his father’s songs, which will feature in the film and on its soundtrack. These include Donna Summer’s disco anthem I Feel Love, The Isley Brothers’ Fight The Power, and Gladys Knight’s Midnight Train to Georgia, as well as The Village People’s YMCA and In The Navy.