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Yet Another Bob Marley Project is Trying to Get Off the Ground

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August 18, 2010
Source: Deadline

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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.

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  • Ivanhoe Martin
    Whomever they choose to play him had better get the Patois right! As a Jamaican nothing bothers me more than a lazy actor putting on what they think is a "Jamaican accent". Oddly enough Brad Pitt did one of the best I've heard in Meet Joe Black. If they can get the nuances right, then I'm on board, thats a big if tho.
  • Hmmmmm....John Legend? Might be too tall. Hill Harper? Columbus Short? Nick Cannon.....ehhhhhhhh, if he can do a complete metamorpho like Jamie Foxx it might work.
  • Ivanhoe Martin
    I like Hill Harper, good choice. Or maybe even Michael Ealy...
  • Xerxex
    I'd like to see Ealy do this that'd be awesome! Pitt really did do a good job with that accent. However I would much rather see a Roger Waters/ David Gilmour/ Syd Barret biopic.
  • tazz
    just cast Bob Marley children Ziggy Marley or Damian Marley
  • Bob Marley was the maddest hash gangster ever, can't wait for this, he'll be smoking mad doobs getting melted playing football and sometimes doing a bit of singing. the best bit will be when he meets up with Tupac and Biggie and they all settle their differences by smoking a 3ft long joint and fly all the way to do a concert in the sky. So good. That is almost a word for word translation of things that kids I have worked with have said. I like that as a young man he forced a dj to play his music at gun point, also the soul music he made in the very early days that sounds a little like Motown is incredible.
  • Sublime50lbc
    Based on that image, they should get James Franco.
  • Duane
    @7 :) And i agree with the poster on casting one of his kids. A couple of them have dabbled in acting (even though "Shottas" was horrible). I remember years ago when i thought marlon wayans would kill bob marley if he ever had the chance to do the role. if mos def could pull of an accent... maybe him. but give it to a new guy. and being trini myself.... i agree with ivanhoe.
  • @ Ivanhoe Ehhhhhh......Michael Ealy? Maybe with some facial prosthetics. He doesn't really look like Bob. Keep in people, this needs to be as epic as Ray and Walk the Line. We need an actor that can bring true emotion to the role. His kids aren't good enough actors. I also realize I contradicted myself twice. Phoenix didn't really look like Cash and can Cannon do serious? Drumline had it's serious moments I guess.
  • jah p
    I think the perfect guy to play Bob Marley would be they guy who played the lead character in the South African foreign film called "TSOTSI", he looks like a young Bob Marley, and plus South Africans can pick up the Jamaican patois easier than an American actor..aside from that, the only other Jamaican film that I hope gets made is a biopic on "The Shower Posse", that would be the Jamaican equivalent of "Goodfellas"!
  • jeffrey Lamar
    Wah gwan? me nuh know bout this boomaclot movie! Mi ben caw! A documentary is a more suitable homage. I have nuff respek for Bob and not unlike the supposed Hendrix bio pics folks have been talking about...it should be left alone.

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