AFM: Buyers Swoon for Biopics of Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin

AFM: Buyers Swoon for Biopics of Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin
Foreign buyers showed great interest in the stories of music's superstar personalities; says one analyst, "These projects have a built-in global audience in music fans."This story first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Producers at the American Film Market have been raiding their record collections. As serious drama becomes harder to package and sell globally, music biopics are enticing foreign buyers.

A sampling at AFM included Don Cheadle's Kill the Trumpet Player, about legendary jazz maestro Miles Davis, which Im Global is selling; Good Universe's Elton John story Rocketman with Tom Hardy; Foresight's Spinning Gold, with Justin Timberlake as music producer Neil Bogart; Arrow Entertainment's Sexual Healing, starring Jesse L. Martin as Marvin Gaye; John Cusack playing Beach Boy Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, from sales group Lionsgate; and biopics on Janis Joplin (from Im Global), Keith Moon (Exclusive Media), and Tupac Shakur (Morgan Creek
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The Next 'Jane Got A Gun'? Marvin Gaye Biopic 'Sexual Healing' Stalls With 3 Weeks Left To Shoot

The Next 'Jane Got A Gun'? Marvin Gaye Biopic 'Sexual Healing' Stalls With 3 Weeks Left To Shoot
So, are we looking at the next production woes saga? We've already been through the various dramas of "World War Z" and "Jane Got A Gun," and now a situation is arising around the Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing." As Screen Daily reports, it looks like financing for the Julian Temple directed film has been on shaky ground, a situation likely not helped by the fact that Focus Features has stepped away from the movie. In fact, money issues, scheduling and location problems actually put a halt to filming one month ago, and there is still three weeks left on schedule. Crew members haven't been fully paid at this point for their participation yet either. Ouch. To recap: Jesse L. Martin and Brendan Gleeson star in the Lauren Goodman penned movie, based on the book "Trouble Man," that would chronicle Gaye's 1981 stint in Ostend, Belgium, where he recorded his biggest-selling album,
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Oh-Oh! Shooting On Jesse L. Martin's Marvin Gaye Biopic Stalls Due To Financing Issues

Well, this doesn't look good. A month ago, we reported that shooting had been suspended for what was to be 2 weeks on Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye biopic, Sexual Healing, starring Jesse L. Martin's (as Gaye), S. Epatha Merkerson (as Marvin’s Gaye’s mother, Alberta Cooper Gay), and Dwight Henry (as Marvin Gaye’s father, Marvin Gay, Sr.). Focus Features International, the company that picked up the project, and shopped it at the Cannes Film Festival last month, said, in response to the announced 2 week hiatus, that it didn't have anything to do with financing, or any other problems that would hurt the...
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Temple's Marvin Gaye film stalls

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Temple's Marvin Gaye film stalls
Fresh questions have been raised about the likely completion date for Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye film Sexual Healing.

It has emerged that Focus Features - who boarded the project earlier this year - is no longer involved in the film.

Shooting stopped over a month ago, reportedly because of scheduling and location issues.

A well-placed source has told ScreenDaily that crew members have not yet been paid fully for their work on the film.

There are understood to be three weeks left on a nine-and-a-half-week shoot.

Speaking prior to the Cannes Film Festival, Sexual Healing producer Jimmy De Brabant sought to allay the uncertainty surrounding the film. He pointed to a cash flow problem with the American investor “that has lasted much longer than expected” but said this was now resolved.

The producers are understood to have told the crew that the funding promised had not yet arrived but are urging patience.

Last month, Brendan Gleeson
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Jesse L. Martin to Star in Marvin Gaye Biopic

Jesse L. Martin to Star in Marvin Gaye Biopic
Jesse L. Martin has replaced Lenny Kravitz in the Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing. Martin originally had been attached to play the late singer in a version produced by James Gandolfini -- who also had plans to co-star as music promoter Freddy Cousaert -- in 2008.

After the project stalled, Kravitz signed on for the lead role in the Julien Temple-directed movie in November, but Gaye's son Marvin Gaye III voiced his objections to the project, which was said to focus on Gaye's life in the '80s when he

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Jesse L. Martin Will Play Marvin Gaye After All

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Jesse L. Martin Will Play Marvin Gaye After All
Back in 2008, Jesse L. Martin was attached to play Marvin Gaye in the biopic Sexual Healing. The project pretty much stalled until late last year, when Lenny Kravitz was announced as the new star of the film. Now yet another iteration is upon us, with Martin back onboard, according to Deadline. What's going on, movie? (That joke hurts us more than it hurts you.)
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Gray Vs Gandolfini Over Gaye Biopics

Gray Vs Gandolfini Over Gaye Biopics
The Italian Job director is taking on Tony Soprano in a battle to portray tragic soul man Marvin Gaye on the big screen.

F. Gary Gray has just signed on to direct the biopic Marvin, which will go head to head with actor James Gandolfini's Sexual Healing, which will star Rent's Jesse L. Martin as the smooth singer.

Music mogul David Foster will co-produce the Gray film, which will feature a soundtrack of Gaye originals, which a yet-to-be-cast star will lip sync to.

Gaye was shot to death by his father in 1984.

Both Sexual Healing and Marvin have been projects in work for some time and both have been held up by music rights.

Foster has reportedly secured a package of Gaye's biggest hits, while Gandolfini and his co-producers have secured the rights to Gaye's post-Motown tunes for Sexual Healing.

Gray tells Daily Variety he can't wait to get started on his labour of love: "This is my passion project, the one that I wake up every day thinking about."

No more 'Order' for Martin

No more 'Order' for Martin
Law & Order veteran Jesse L. Martin is expected to leave the long-running NBC drama after nine years.

Anthony Anderson is in final negotiations to come on board and fill the void left by Martin's departure. Anderson will play a new detective partnered with Jeremy Sisto's Cyrus Lupo.

Martin will film one more episode of the Wolf Films/Universal Media Studios series, in which his character, Detective Ed Green, will be written off, sources said.

The actor had signed on to do the first 13 episodes this season with an option for more.

Martin, who recently wrapped the feature Peter and Vandy, next is set to portray Marvin Gaye in the biopic Sexual Healing, which is expected to begin production in late April or early May. He is repped by Endeavor and manager Bob McGowan.

"Law & Order" continues Anderson's streak of dramatic roles that includes FX's The Shield, the Oscar-winning The Departed and, most recently, on Fox's gritty cop drama K-Ville, for which he landed an Image Award nomination.

Gandolfini's in for 'Healing'

Gandolfini's in for 'Healing'
James Gandolfini has come aboard to star in and produce Sexual Healing, a biopic about singer Marvin Gaye.

Jesse L. Martin already is set to play Gaye in the film, which will be directed by Lauren Goodman.

The film focuses on the last years of Gaye's life. Gandolfini will play Gaye's manager, Freddy Cousaert, the promoter who guided the singer through the recording of his biggest-selling album, Midnight Love. Goodman wrote the script loosely based on Steven Turner's book Trouble Man.

Gandolfini will produce via his Attaboy shingle with his partner Alexandra Ryan. Also producing are Ayo Davis, Efuru Flowers and Roger Haber.

Gary Hamilton's Arclight Films will executive produce and handle international sales for the $15 million production. Principal photography is scheduled to begin April 15 on locations in Massachusetts, Ostend, Belgium, and Los Angeles.

Victor Syrmis is executive producer with Hamilton.

Arclight Films is handling sales at Berlin's European Film Market next week.

Gandolfini, repped by Endeavor, won the SAG Award on Sunday night for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for The Sopranos.

Gaye bio going on with Stevens, Flack

Gaye bio going on with Stevens, Flack
CANNES -- D. Stevens has come aboard to direct Marvin -- The Life Story of Marvin Gaye, which producer Duncan McGillivray is prepping. Stevens, a veteran unit still photographer, is making his directorial debut with Tricoast Studios Prods.' The Pet, which will debut in the Cannes market. The Marvin Gaye biopic plans to incorporate 24 of the soul singer's songs into a script written by Robert Scharrer. Roberta Flack will serve as music supervisor. McGillivray said the $40 million production will begin filming in six months in Washington, Detroit and Los Angeles. A competing project about Gaye's final years also is in preproduction. Jesse L. Martin is set to portray Gaye in Sexual Healing, an indie drama written and to be directed by Lauren Goodman.

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