For a while now Universal Pictures has been working on a currently Untitled James Brown Biopic. Now they’ve found their Godfather of Soul, as Variety reports that 42 star Chadwick Boseman is set to star.
Tate Taylor (the openly gay director of The Help) is on board to helm the movie, which will follow Brown’s rise from extreme poverty as a child in North Carolina to becoming one of the most iconic musicians of all time. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer has been trying to get this James Brown biopic off the ground for more than a decade, with the project only now getting the green light with Universal signed up and happy with the budget.
Jez Butterworth (Fair Game) and John-Henry Butterworth wrote the screenplay, with Brian Grazer producing alongside The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and Erica Huggins (Flightplan). It’s not clear when it might shoot.