Producer Brian Grazer
(8 Mile, Apollo 13
, American Gangster
) has secured the rights to James Brown's music for a movie he's been trying to make for more than a decade. Mick Jagger
is co-producing. "I like to make movies about mastery and genius, and it's hard to find great subjects," Grazer says. "On the most visceral level, [Brown] sings and dances, and the performance of that contributes to defining him as the hardest working man in showbiz." The screenplay's first draft had 30 performance scenes.