Yet Another Bob Marley Project is Trying to Get Off the Ground
Although a documentary and a biopic focusing on reggae singer Bob Marley have both risen and fallen a couple times in Hollywood, yet another attempt to tell he singer's life story is on the way. Deadline reports Jenny Ash, who recently found success with the doc series "America: The Story of Us," is developing a Bob Marley biopic focusing on the year that the singer spent living in London in 1977. This time in his life isn't just a random choice, but is regarded as one of the most crucial in his life following fleeing Jamaica after someone tried to kill him. Towards the end of his year in London came the revelation that he had cancer.
In between there's plenty of life in his story involving The Sex Pistols, a love triangle and much more. With as much love as there is for Bob Marley out there, not just as a musician but as a man (and revolutionary), I'm surprised that film projects focusing on the singer have had so much trouble getting off the ground. Not even Martin Scorsese or Jonathan Demme could make a documentary work, and previously the adaptation of the Marley biography Catch a Fire never ended up getting off the ground either. The Weinstein Company even tried to get one into production, but we've heard nothing about its development since back in 2008.
This smaller scope biopic from Ash may be just what the doctor ordered, though, since it has love, conflict and can easily capture the heart and soul of Marley without running through his entire life story. However, not even this project is a sure thing since the filmmakers don't have the rights to Marley's music yet, and a biopic on a singer without a scrap of their own music just doesn't pack as much punch (in terms of being a mainstream flick). We won't hold our breath on this moving forward anytime soon, but we'll let you know.