The last few years have been filled with motion pictures about the lives and times of wildly popular musical acts. Films like Straight Outta Compton and Rocketman have received praise from both critics and fans alike. As first reported by Deadline, Paramount Pictures is moving forward with its Bob Marley biopic by tapping King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green to helm the project.
In addition to directing Will Smith in the upcoming film about Richard Williams, the father, and coach of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, Greens known for his work on films like Monsters and Men and Good Joe Bell. In a statement, Green expresses his excitement to tell the incredible life story of one of the greatest voices in music history, Bob Marley.
“Bob Marley’s music lives on in all of us. His lyrics transcend continents, color, creed, and generations of people. It heals.” said Green. “It bleeds love and truth. It’s a true honor and privilege to work with Ziggy and the Marley Family, and Paramount Pictures to bring his story to life. Audiences want to know the real Bob, the man as well as the legend. I trust this film will bring us closer to understanding his journey, his music, and continue to carry the torch of his legacy with humility and grace, and most of all, love.”
Green will direct the currently untitled biopic. Additionally, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, and Cedella Marley will produce on behalf of their Tuff Gong banner. Robert Teitel (Barbershop) is also on board to produce the picture.
Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, Bob Marley’s musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady. His distinctive vocal and songwriting style has withstood the test of time and he remains one of the most beloved performers of all time. Known worldwide as a Rastafari icon, he infused his music with a sense of spirituality. His hit songs like “Get Up, Stand Up,” “One Love,” “No Woman, No Cry,” can still be heard in a bevy of commercials, TV shows, and films. Unfortunately, Marley passed away at the age of 36 following a battle with cancer. However, his legacy remains in-tact with his children Damian and Ziggy Marley becoming successful musicians in their own right.
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