Tate Taylor in Talks to Helm Untitled James Brown Biopic; Mick Jagger Joins Brian Grazer as Producer

     October 22, 2012


Tate Taylor, the writer and director of 2011’s Oscar-worthy The Help, is reportedly in negotiations to helm an untitled biopic of soul-singer, James Brown.  The picture is a long-awaited realization for producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) who has always harbored a desire to adapt the late singer’s life into a feature film.  Joining Grazer as producer will be another musical icon, Mick Jagger.  The film will be a co-production of Imagine Entertainment and Jagger’s Jagged Films and will be based off of the screenplay by Fair Game writers, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Producers are now turning to avenues of distribution and for an actor to portray Brown.  Hit the jump for more.

james-brownDeadline reported on the negotiations involving Taylor as director of the untitled James Brown biopic.  With the addition of Taylor and Jagger, it looks like the film is moving forward; that’s music to Grazer’s ears.  Grazer began production on the film when Brown was still actively involved before passing away in 2006.  The story will follow Brown from a young age surrounded by poverty and violence through his rise to become the Godfather of Soul.  As the originator of funk and a highly influential musician over his sixty-year career, Brown was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Jagger commented on the project as follows:

“It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown. He was a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life.”

So the question remains: who should play Brown? Get up offa that thing and leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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