“It’s a great honour to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown. He was a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life,” said Mick Jagger.
Mick Jagger, along with Brian Grazer, Jagged Film’s Victoria Pearman and Imagine Entertainment’s Erica Huggins, are producing a biopic about musical genius James Brown. Tate Taylor is in negotiations to direct THE UNTITLED JAMES BROWN PROJECT for Imagine Entertainment and Jagged Films based on a screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth.
Taylor most recently directed the Oscar-nominated The Help, which he also wrote and executive produced. The Butterworths’ credits include Fair Game, directed by Doug Liman and which starred Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. Brian Grazer said, “I am thrilled to be celebrating one of the most electric, exciting stage performers of all time.”
Said Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas, “My father’s music has been a beacon to people all over the world and now his life story will impact future generations and show WHY he is respected as The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown!”
“I am deeply honoured that Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, two of my husband James Brown’s favourite people, have entered into a partnership to bring his inspirational story to the big screen,” added Brown’s widow, Tommie Rae Brown.
Logline: The unforgettable story of James Brown – Soul Brother Number One, Mr. Dynamite, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business – A man possessed with unstoppable drive and boundless originality. Musical genius, business visionary, political icon. Across six decades and countless genres (many of which he invented), the story charts a young boy’s incredible rise from extreme poverty and violence to become the most influential black artist in history.
Photo of Mick and James Brown at the TAMI Show from the Bob Bonis Archive www.bobbonis.com