Kevin Macdonald is Going from Ancient Rome to Bob Marley Next
by Alex Billington
February 2, 2011
"I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy…" Scottish director Kevin Macdonald has had a rather interesting career - he started out directing Oscar winning documentaries like One Day In September and Touching the Void, then jumped into features with the award-winning The Last King of Scotland, diverted to modern mystery in State of Play, and has been working on his ancient Rome action-flick The Eagle, due out in a few weeks. Now its been officially announced (via Deadline) that Macdonald will next direct a Bob Marley documentary that's due out late this fall, time with the 30th anniversary of Marley's death in 1981.
The doc will be titled Marley and is a Tuff Gong Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment co-production, in association with Cowboy Films. Macdonald will join with the Marley family, Chris Blackwell and Steve Bing to direct what will be the ultimate, authorized documentary film on the life, legacy and global impact of a true legend. Marley marks the first time ever that his family has authorized the use of their own private Bob Marley archives. As in, this is the definitive Bob Marley doc, though there's also that biopic and a few other projects in the works, too. His music and message of love and redemption are known throughout the world and his story will finally be brought to life by the acclaimed talent of Kevin Macdonald. Sounds great!
Macdonald in the press release: "I was already intrigued by the Marley story but the way in which this film is developing, as we delve through the archive materials and interview key characters in his life, has surpassed my expectations. What made Bob tick is probably unanswerable but viewers will certainly feel that they know him a little better after seeing our documentary. I am grateful to the Marley family for entrusting me with their heritage." I'm personally a big Marley fan and have been looking forward to seeing the legendary musician's story (and music) on the big screen, whether in a doc or biopic. We'll keep you updated on this!