Rapper, music/film producer and headphones mogul Andre Young, better known within the popular music world as Dr. Dre, has reportedly secured the rights to make a movie about late soul singer, Marvin Gaye. According to Variety, Dre has become the latest well-known entertainer who hopes to make a film about Gaye, who rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s with hits like “Let’s Get It On,” and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." The difference between Dr. Dre and some of his failed predecessors is that he has actually been granted the rights to use Gaye’s music from Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
According to the report, various filmmakers and actors including “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray, “Almost Famous” writer/director Cameron Crowe, “The Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini and Lenny Kravitz have all attempted to get the project about Gaye off the ground, but have never received the support needed to move forward. This isn’t the first time that a film about the singer has been announced either, as back in 2016 Variety also reported that a documentary titled “Marvin, What’s Going On?” was green-lit by the family, but has yet to see the light of day. Actor/rapper Jamie Foxx was also reportedly producing a biopic miniseries about the singer, but no real updates have come from the project since.
After years working mainly as a recording artist and writer/producer, Dre took his career into the tech and business worlds when he teamed up with veteran record executive Jimmy Iovine to launch Beats Electronics. The journey between the two men was chronicled in a 2017 HBO miniseries titled “The Defiant Ones,” leading up to the purchase of the electronic brand by Apple in 2014 for a sale value of $3 Billion. Dre also returned to the spotlight in 2015 with the Hollywood movie “Straight Outta Compton,” a film about his days as a member of N.W.A., which also saw him come on as a producer for the project.
The report of the upcoming Gaye film didn’t detail who else would be coming on to work on the project.