Rick "Superfreak" James to Get His Own Biopic

by | December 14, 2006 | Comments

When he wasn’t battling drug abuse or getting in trouble with the law, the late Rick James used to get pretty funky on the stage. And now it looks like we’ll get to see James’ story on the big screen … but don’t expect the same old biopic material.

From Variety: ""The Longest Yard" scribe Sheldon Turner is set to write "Super Freak," a film about the life of colorful and controversial punk-funk singer Rick James.

Turner and (producer Jennifer) Klein have been interested in James since a Warner Independent Pictures exec gave them 400 pages of a memoir written by the singer, who died in 2004. James was a stylish performer also known for his long battles with cocaine and legal trouble." (Click here for the full article.)

The screenwriter claims to have no interest in a standard rags-to-riches biopic approach; I’m just curious to see who’ll play the main character. (Apparently Dave Chappelle wanted to do it a few years back, and that I’d certainly pay 8 bucks to see.)

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