Cameron Crowe Secretly Working on Marvin Gaye Biopic; Considered a Phil Spector Biopic Starring Tom Cruise

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You may not know this but writer-director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) really likes music.  His last film, the 2005 fiasco Elizabethtown, was basically a two-hour mixtape.  But for the past 3 ½ years, Crowe has been working on a biopic of Motown singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye.  In a lengthy article about music biopics, Variety reports that despite Crowe securing extensive music rights and the full cooperation of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., the project can’t move forward until Crowe and Sony Pictures can agree on a budget and a star.  Crowe says his biopic will be music-centric (as opposed, presumably, to personal drama about Gaye’s life) and will turn his focus to the Gaye’s continuing influence.

In a fun bit of trivia, Crowe previously attempted a biopic of “Wall of Sound” music producer Phil Spector following Crowe’s 1996 movie Jerry Maguire.  Crowe wanted Tom Cruise to star as Spector, but eventually decided that at the time “the third act [of Spector's life] had not been written.”  In 2009, Spector was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 19 years to life.  Since Spector is 70-years-old, I think that about wraps up the third act.




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  • mangoshakes

    i'd like to see someone tackle a brian wilson biopic. it'd be so epic.

  • roachj

    I want a Hendrix biopic.
    and a life spanning Lennon biopic would be cool.

  • Bonnie

    The story of Phil Spector would be challenging. George Frangides did a video of him and he could easily present Phil Spector's story in a believable manner. The 3rd act is now here and waiting for a skilled writer-director scuh as Mr Cameron to bring this facinating character to the screen. He's not just some geezer in the slammer. He changed music, produced and wrote some of the most enduring pieces of music ever. It is a story of the ultimate high and the most profound low in a man's life. Produce it and I will pay money tro see it.

  • Bonnie

    The story of Phil Spector would be challenging. George Frangides did a video of him and he could easily present Phil Spector's story in a believable manner. The 3rd act is now here and waiting for a skilled writer-director scuh as Mr Cameron to bring this facinating character to the screen. He's not just some geezer in the slammer. He changed music, produced and wrote some of the most enduring pieces of music ever. It is a story of the ultimate high and the most profound low in a man's life. Produce it and I will pay money tro see it.

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  • Betty

    The perfect actor and singer to star in the role of Marvin Pentz Gaye is TI. Yeah…you want TI.

    • Rose Echols

      I never thought that TI would be good for this movie. He is handsome and has sexy eyes like Marvin. Plus with his background he might do a good job. I hope he will be free (out of jail) to be considered for the role.

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  • Bentley Fanté

    Watch Marvin Gaye – Stubborn Kind of Fellow Cover by Ricky Fanté comment back if you think he should get the role. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt5oE8UuKs4

  • Sarah

    I know this is unusual because he’s already working on a Marvin Gaye movie but Crowe really needs to get Jesse L. Martin. He is tall, thin and handsome, just like Marvin, and he’s definitely got the necessary pipes. Listen to the original Broadway recording of ‘Rent’, you will be blown away.

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