Jamie Foxx will executive produce a limited series about Marvin Gaye.
“I’ve been a huge fan my whole life. His brilliance in music unparalleled,” Foxx told The Hollywood Reporter. “Marvin Gaye’s story has always fascinated me.”
The upcoming production has the blessings of Motown founder Berry Gordy and Gaye’s family.
“Marvin was the truest artist I have ever known. I am confident that this is the right team to bring his story to the audience in an authentic and compelling way,” Gordy said.
The late singer’s son Marvin Gaye III, who’s also one of the executive producers, said the “project will be a powerful and definitive telling” of his father’s life.
Passe Jones Entertainment’s Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones will also executive produce the project.
“We’ve been involved in a number of attempts to get this done, and now that we’ve been able to marshal all the forces, and Jamie’s come on board as a partner, we’re excited to get going,” says de Passe, who has executive produced multiple Motown television specials, including 1983’s Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and 1998’s Motown 40: The Music Is Forever. She and Jones are in discussions with Sony/ATV, which holds the rights to Gaye’s music, to establish which of his songs can be used.