King Richard Director Reinaldo Marcus Green to Helm Bob Marley Biopic
Reinaldo Marcus Green has been set to helm Paramount Pictures’ Bob Marley biopic, according to Deadline. Green is currently directing another docudrama, King Richard, which takes a look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams become who they are after the coaching from their father, Richard Williams, who will be portrayed by Will Smith. Green’s previous credits also include Stop, Monsters and Men, Top Boy, Amend: The Fight for America, and more.
“Bob Marley’s music lives on in all of us. His lyrics transcend continents, color, creed, and generations of people. It heals. It fights,” said Green. “It bleeds love and truth. It’s a true honor and privilege to work with Ziggy and the Marley Family, and Paramount Pictures to bring his story to life. Audiences want to know the real Bob, the man as well as the legend. I trust this film will bring us closer to understanding his journey, his music, and continue to carry the torch of his legacy with humility and grace, and most of all, love.”
“I am very excited to be hands-on in working to dive deeper into sharing the legacy of who our father Bob Marley is,” said Ziggy Marley. “It’s an incredible responsibility that we take on with Reinaldo and the team at Paramount to tell the story of our father in a way that truly honors him and will also entertain, enlighten, uplift, and inspire his fans and audiences around the world. It’s like opening a window that has never been open before.”
The currently untitled biopic is based on the life and career of Bob Marley, who is considered one of the most prolific artists in history and is widely celebrated for bringing the reggae genre into the mainstream in his almost 20-year career all before passing away in 1981 at the young age of 36 after battling cancer. His music still holds a special place in listeners’ hearts and withstood the test of time, including hits “Get Up, Stand Up,” “One Love,” “No Woman, No Cry,” “Redemption Song,” “Three Little Birds,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “Jammin,” and “Could You Be Loved.”
Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, and Cedella Marley will produce on behalf of Tuff Gong. Robert Teitel will also produce.
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