Tammi Terrell Biopic

Tammi TerrellStatus:  Announced
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Biography
Rating:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Panthera Pictures
Director:  Maryam Myika Day
Cast:  Kat Graham (Tammi Terrell)

Update:  On 10/6/15 Black America Web wrote Castle star Tamala Jones will be behind a Tammi Terrell biopic based on the Motown singer’s tragically short life. According to Deadline.com, Jones will not star in the biopic but will produce based on the book My Sister Tammie written by Terrell’s sister, Ludie Montgomery. Although there is another production in the works produced by and starring Vampire Diaries actress Kat Graham, Montgomery and the Terrell estate are backing Jones’ version.

The as-yet unnamed project will start production in 2016.  Although a screenwriter, Sylvia Jahshan has been announced, there is no word on casting. The Graham project is also slated to start filming next year.

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Details:  On 5/27/15, Shadow and Act reported that Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham will play Tammi Terrell in an upcoming biopic of the late singer. The biopic is the first full-length feature through Graham’s Panthera Pictures production company.

Over a 12 month period, starting in April 1967, the super duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell enjoyed a string of hits, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” “Your Precious Love,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By”, all of which were some of the greatest love songs ever recorded at Motown Records. In October 1967, Terrell collapsed onstage and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Sadly on March 16, 1970, at the age of 24, she died of complications from the tumor. During her 10-year career, Terrell appeared as an opening act for Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles and later joined James Brown’s live revue as a backup singer. In 1965, at the age of 20, she signed with Motown Records, but it wasn’t until Motown decided to pair her with Gaye that Terrell became a star.

Principal photography on the yet-to-be-titled feature film is set for 2016.  Source(s): Shadow and Act; Deadline. Photo Source: Huffington Post.

Sexual Healing

Jesse L. Martin as Marvin GayeStatus:  Development Status Unknown as of June 14, 2013
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Arclight Films
Director: Julien Temple
Cast:  Jesse L. Martin (Marvin Gaye),  Brendan Gleeson (Freddy Cousaert),  S. Epatha Merkerson (Alberta Gay), Clarke Peters (Harvey Fuqua), Dwight Henry (Marvin Gaye, Sr.)

Story: The movie chronicles late Motown legend Marvin Gaye’s self-imposed exile in Europe after years of battling drugs, domestic issues and label headaches. There, he was rescued by a promoter who helped Gaye record his biggest-selling album, “Midnight Love,” which yielded the monster comeback hit, “Sexual Healing.”  Gaye’s life was cut short the day before his 45th birthday in 1984, when his father killed him.

Details: The pic will center on the final years of Gaye’s life in London from 1981, when he was suffering from an addiction to alcohol and an allergy to the taxman, and how he was rescued by music promoter Freddy Cousaert and spirited away to his flat in Ostend, Belgium, to recover.

Various producers have spent years trying to make a movie about Gaye. Originally, the project was intended to cover a larger portion of his life but was refocused on his final years because of rights issues with his Motown-produced records.

As reported by Rolling Stone Magazine in March 2013, Lenny Kravitz dropped out of the long-anticipated biopic to be replaced by Law & Order alumnus Jesse L. Martin. Deadline Hollywood reports. Martin, was actually attached to star in a previous version of the film which was being produced by James Gandolfini back in 2008. No word was given for why Kravitz bowed out, though news that the rocker would be portraying Gaye reportedly led to objections from the singer’s son, Marvin Gaye III, who threatened legal action if Kravitz did not drop out. (Source(s): Black Actors; Movie Insider; Photo Credit:  ThisisRnB.com).