Dr. Dre is working on a movie about the late singer Marvin Gaye.
Dr. Dre, whose film credits include 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton, is in the early stages of getting the project off the ground. “Straight Outta Compton” was where he served as a producer and an inspiration for the film.
Of course back to the new Marvin Gaye film, rights to use Gaye’s music have been secured. Although, before Dr. Dre, there have been multiple attempts to give Gaye the documentary treatment. Great Actors like Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye’s story to the screen. But none had been authorized by Gaye’s family, that is, until now.
The soul singer behind such hits as “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get It On” became one of Motown’s most successful artists. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 44 after he was shot by his own father in 1984.
Since then, the most recent project to get the sign-off from the Gaye estate was with Jamie Foxx. The American actor landed rights for a limited series in 2016 but that project has seen no movement in the years since.
As for Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, the hip-hop legend has dabbled in feature projects. Both in front of the camera in films like “Training Day” and “Car Wash” as well as producing. He most recently worked on “Straight Outta Compton,” which chronicled the rise of his hip-hop group N.W.A. The 2015 Drama/Crime film was produced by Dre and fellow N.W.A member Ice Cube. It was a massive hit and also scored an Oscar nomination for original screenplay.