If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment is ready get up and do his thing. In this case that thing is getting his long-gestating James Brown biopic off the ground. The biopic will chart Brown's rise from a childhood of poverty and violence to towering success as a musician and eventually earning the title The Godfather of Soul. The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger will co-produce the film. The current draft of the script was written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth ('Fair Game'). Now it seems Tate Taylor ('The Help') is in negotiations to direct. As of right now, the project does not have an actor signed to play the iconic singer.
I feel good about this project. I'm a huge fan of James Brown and would be fascinated to learn more about his rise to prominence. James Brown is one of those artists who was introduced to me through film. His thunderous soul anthems found their way time and time again into movies of various genres and the more I watched, the more I loved his music. The first time I heard "The Boss" was in Guy Ritchie's 'Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.' I also love the way his music was utilized in 'Black Caesar,' one of my favorite blaxploitation flicks. I like that Mick Jagger is a producer, and it's been said that Brown's family is very happy he and Grazer are working together. Though not officially signed yet, Tate Taylor seems a good choice to take on this story and I look forward to seeing how he brings Brown's life to the big screen. Now the question remains, who will play Brown?
What do you guys think? Any James Brown fans out there? Is Taylor the right fit for this project? Who would you cast as the singer?