Dr. Dre is making a film biopic about Motown icon Marvin Gaye.
The film, which is still considered to be in the early development phase, has been awarded the rights to use Gaye’s music and have since been acquired by the production team.
Gaye, who died in 1984 after being shot by his father, has long since been the target of repeated attempts to document his life by Hollywood but it appears that Dr. Dre has become the chosen one. Dre’s credentials are high following his work with Oscar-nominated Straight Outta Compton which depicted the lives of NWA’s origin story in southern California – a band Dre himself was a founding member of.
The news follows on from a decision made in 2016 by Gaye’s family who agreed ot let Jamie Foxx produce an upcoming TV series about Gaye’s life – the first time Gaye’s family have authorised the official use of his music in a dramatisation of his life.
No date has been set for the production of Dre’s film.